CDC on Health Care Associated Infections

The most deadly of health care associated infections is the central line associated bloodstream infections. These infections carry mortality rates up to 25%. These infections are commonly acquired in intensive care units (ICU), inpatient wards and hemodialysis facilities. A recent article by the CDC in Annals of Emergency Medicine compared rates of bloodstream infections associated with central lines in those clinical settings between 2001 to 2009 . There was a 58% reduction in infection rates in the ICU representing 6,000 lives saved. However, the inpatient and hemodialysis areas continued to show high infection rates. Hemodialysis centers had the highest infection rates. CDC recommended reduction of central line use for hemodialysis and improved maintenance of the lines should they need to be used.