To help each state better understand its progress in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and identify areas that need assistance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published HAI Progress Reports since 2010. Improvement of healthcare quality and the reduction of HAIs in U.S. hospitals has been significant and as a result, healthcare in the U.S. is safer now than even 10 years ago. Building upon this success and continuing towards the elimination of HAIs is critical.
The year 2015 marked the start of the new five-year (2015-2020) goals of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination and a time of important updates and improvements for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), CDC’s HAI surveillance system. The reports here provide a summary of HAI prevention progress while strategizing about the best way to move forward as a country.
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