CDC Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections — Physician’s First Watch

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March 27, 2014

CDC Reports on Healthcare-Associated Infections

By the Editors

The CDC has released its estimates of healthcare-associated infections in the U.S. for 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

For that year, the agency estimates there were some 720,000 hospital infections — the top two categories were surgical-site infections and pneumonia, with 158,000 infections each. Clostridium difficile was the most common pathogen in these infections, comprising roughly 15% of the total.

Device-associated infections (attributable to catheters and ventilators, for example) accounted for about 25% of all infections.

Reader Comments (3)

John W Cooper Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, office

After considering the odds, I'll continue to put off repair of my small ventral hernia.

Rebecca Preston, M.D. Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Western Springs, IL

If C. diff is the most common pathogen, and surgical site infections and pneumonia are the most common infections, why have I never seen a case of a C. diff wound infection or a C. diff pneumonia? Maybe the caffeine has not kicked in yet.

Himanshu Shukla M.D Physician, Internal Medicine, office, clinic

Do not have much experience in treating hospital based infections

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