New National Health Care-Associated Reduction Targets and Metrics

PUBLISHED: Oct 21, 2016

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has announced updated 2020 targets for the reduction of health care-associated infections in acute care hospitals. Through the development of measures and targets, ODPHP and other federal partners are tracking national progress in the reduction of health care-associated infections.

Addressing goals from the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination, the updated targets include:

  • 50% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units and ward-located patients.
  • 25% reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in intensive care units and ward-located patients: 25% reduction
  • 50% reduction in the incidence of invasive health care-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections.
  • 50% reduction in facility-onset methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in facility-wide health care.
  • 30% reduction in facility-onset Clostridium difficile infections in facility-wide health care.
  • 30% reduction in the rate of Clostridium difficile hospitalizations.
  • 30% reduction in surgical site infection (SSI) admission and readmission.

HHS has previously identified the reduction of HAIs as an Agency Priority Goal. HHS is now committed to reducing the national rate of HAIs by demonstrating significant, quantitative, and measurable reductions in CAUTI, CLABSI, Clostridium difficile, MRSA, and surgical site infections.

Over the next few weeks StayAlert will review each HAI in more detail and provide resources to assist in infection prevention efforts.

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