November 5, 2015
Hospital-acquired condition rates slowly falling, but work remains
Efforts to fight hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) are succeeding, with the number of cases falling by 17 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to a study published this week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Rates of some HACs dropped sharply over the course of the study. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell 44 percent from 2008 to 2012 and some types of surgical site infections declined as much as 20 percent. These present real advances against some of the costliest and most deadly threats posed to patients in the healthcare environment, the report noted.