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Wisconsin hospital infection rates lower than national levels

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MADISON (WKOW) --- Wisconsin hospitals have dramatically reduced some of the most serious infections to levels lower than the national numbers.

According to The Wisconsin Division of Public Health's annual Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention Program report, Wisconsin hospitals prevented 135 of the most serious health care-associated infections.

Healthcare-associated infections are infections that occur while receiving care.

The occurrence of central line-associated infections (CLABSI) in Wisconsin hospitals was 56 percent lower than the national level and 21 percent lower than it was in 2011.

The CLABSI occurrence in neonatal intensive care units was 36 percent lower than the national level and 10 percent lower than it was in 2011. 

The catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rate was 13 percent lower than the national level and 17 percent lower than it was the previous year.

The prevalence of patients identified with one of the most serious infections, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), decreased 16 percent in hospitals from 2011 to 2012. 

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