Looking at the state data
A closer look at the state-level data tells a more complicated story.
Although the CDC report didn't offer specific infection rates for each state, it did show us how each state's rate in 2012 compares to the national rate from 2008. Here's a look at how much each state is improving when it comes to CLABSIs:
The map reflects the nation's broader improvements on CLABSIs. Every state except Alaska is doing better on CLABSI rates than the national rate in 2008, with one state (Wyoming) doing 84% better than the 2008 rate.
(According to CDC, CLABSI rates in Alaska are 11% higher than the 2008 national rate.)
But the progress on CAUTIs is much less promising:
According to the CDC, the CAUTI rate in 2012 was higher than the 2009 national average in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In four states, the 2012 CAUTI rate was more than 80% higher than 2009 national rate.