Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections Down Since 2003

Study results published in the American Journal of Infection Control show catheter-associated bloodstream infections increased from 1996 to 2003 but have fallen since then.


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Researchers sought to determine trends in catheter-associated bloodstream infections from 1996 to 2008. For the study, they analyzed data from National Hospital Discharge Surveys and discovered the following key points:

•    The number of catheter-associated bloodstream infections grew from 4.3 cases per 10,000 persons in 1996 to 7.0 cases per 10,000 persons in 2003.
•    The infection rate starting falling in 2003 to 5.1 cases per 10,000 persons in 2008.
•    From 2003 to 2008, mortality related to this type of infection also fell from 7.6 percent to 5.9 percent.
•    Despite these improvements, the average hospital length of stay stayed the same from 1996 to 2008.

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