Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with these types of pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.
HAIs are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety. The HAI data details progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating HAIs. The data include national and state-by-state summaries of six HAI types.
Changing prescribing behaviors can be difficult but evidence-based methods exist to optimize antibiotic therapy for individuals while minimizing harm to the patient and reducing antibiotic resistance in the community.
In recognition of the urgent need to improve antibiotic use in hospitals and the benefits of antibiotic stewardship programs, in 2014 CDC recommended that all acute care hospitals implement Antibiotic Stewardship Programs.
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