Monday, November 21, 2011

How are hospitals doing in the area of infection control?

Pretty well except for C diff. Here are the data from HHS and here is a related Medscape article.

But before you get all warm and fuzzy about the CMS no pay for adverse event policy, remember that the decline in nosocomial UTIs began long before the implementation of that policy in 2008. Likewise the central line bundle, credited with the decline in IV catheter infections, was introduced a decade ago.