2010 report on healthcare associated infections in Pennsylvania was recently released. Since Pennsylvania mandates the reporting of all HAIs, this probably represents the most robust data that currently exist. The most important statistic in the report, I think, is that 1.1% of patients admitted to acute care hospitals developed an infection. That shows tremendous progress since previous studies estimated that 5-10% of patients developed nosocomial infections. Of the infections reported in Pennsylvania, over half were surgical site infections, 20% were urinary tract infections, and bloodstream infections accounted for approximately 10%.
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