A recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, states that incidences of hospital-based infections have declined.
According to an article in Medpage Today, 13,812 bloodstream infections associated with central lines were reported in 2010, compared to an estimated 20,185 such infections that occurred during the three year period from 2006 through 2008.
This represents a 32 percent decrease in bloodstream infection rates.
Other infection rates that declined include catheter-associated infections (down 6%); surgical site infections (down 8%); and urinary tract infections in critical care units (down 3%).
Unfortunately, Arizona is one of only two states reporting increases in hospital-linked infections during this time period.