California reports drop in HAIs

The number of healthcare-acquired infections reported at California hospitals dropped slightly from 2011 to 2012, according to data released by the California Department of Public Health. Hospitals reported a 5 percent drop in central-line associated bloodstream infections between 2011 and 2012 and rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infection decreased six percent during that same time frame. Fifty-four percent of the 386 hospitals that reported information on vancomycin-resistant enterococcus bloodstream infections reported no hospital on-set of the infections in 2012, compared to 48 percent in 2011. Reports