Survey of State Hospital Associations: Practices to Prevent Hospital-Associated Bloodstream Infections

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigated hospital-associated infections, particularly central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), which contribute to a significant number of deaths and high costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2002, around 1.7 million hospital-associated infections caused about 99,000 deaths. This report highlights the efficacy of preventative measures, specifically in reducing CLABSIs, and reveals that only 14 state hospital associations have adopted or planned to adopt programs to reduce CLABSIs.
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