There is good news on the subject of hospital acquired infections -- new CDC data shows a significant decline in rates. For 2010, the CDC is reporting:
A 33 percent reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections: a 35 percent reduction among critical care patients and a 26 percent reduction among non-critical care patients. A central line is a tube that is placed in a large vein of a patient's neck or chest to give important medical treatment. When not put in correctly or kept clean, central lines can become a freeway for germs to enter the body and cause serious bloodstream infections.
A 7 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections throughout hospitals
A 10 percent reduction in surgical site infections
An 18 percent reduction in the number of people developing health care-associated invasive methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections