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Statewide assessment of use of infection prevention techniques and technologies

      Highlights

      • The use of technologic innovation (eg. antimicrobial catheters) to prevent HAIs is widespread.
      • Both larger and smaller hospitals have adopted technologic approaches to HAI prevention.
      • Although the recent decrease in CLABSI is largely attributed to practice changes (checklist/insertion bundle), widespread technologic interventions may have also played a role.
      • Almost all hospitals have some form of antimicrobial stewardship.
      An array of devices and products designed to prevent health care-associated infections are commercially available. Data indicating device efficacy are often mixed and frequency of product use is largely unknown. This statewide assessment was performed to determine hospital use of infection prevention products and to examine differences between larger and smaller hospitals.

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