According to the CDC, ICU CLA-BSI rates declined 58% from 2001 to 2009. This is a substantial improvement in a very short period of time. However, the rate of decline has been less impressive in non-ICU wards and outpatient hemodialysis centers so there is certainly plenty more improvements to be made (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.