Continued increases in the incidence of healthcare-associated infection (HAI)

Continued increases in the incidence of healthcare-associated infection (HAI)

This is truly unfortunate news: A CDC analysis reveals continued increases in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in U.S. hospitals during 2021. Data show significantly higher incidence in CLABSIs, CAUTIs, VAEs, and MRSA bacteremia in 2021 compared to 2019.

It took decades to get HAIs to trend downward. It's going to take substantial work and focus to accomplish this again. All hands on deck!

Data from the National Healthcare Safety Network were analyzed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) during 2021. Standardized infection ratios were significantly higher than those during the prepandemic period, particularly during 2021-Q1 and 2021-Q3. The incidence of HAI was elevated during periods of high COVID-19 hospitalizations.

 

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