Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings

CDC recently reported that in American hospitals alone, healthcare-associated infections account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 associated deaths each year. Of these infections:

  • 32 percent of all healthcare-associated infection are urinary tract infections
  • 22 percent are surgical site infections
  • 15 percent are pneumonia (lung infections)
  • 14 percent are bloodstream infections
Source: Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and Deaths in U.S. Hospitals, 2002 (PDF 241KB/7 pages)

Drug-resistant Organisms

Drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus "Staph" Infections

Other drug-resistant organisms


Prevention & Control of Antimicrobial Resistance

The following are resources that cover the broad range of antimicrobial resistance. For more specific prevention and control information, refer to the list of drug-resistant organisms found on this page.




Laboratory Testing & Practices


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Date last modified: October 1, 2006
Content source: 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases