USA – Medical devices are bigger culprit in antibiotic-resistant infections than surgical procedures: CDC analysis

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) that are antibiotic-resistant resulted more frequently from use of temporary medical devices than from surgical procedures, according to an analysis of patient data from 5,626 sites reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network from 2015 to 2017.​

The report, published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, examined devices like central lines, ventilators and urinary catheters at acute-care hospitals, long-term acute-care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities…