Acquiring a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is a potential risk to anyone who has invasive medical treatment, surgery, or is hospitalized. Healthcare-associated infections are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions in a healthcare setting, and these infections can be devastating and deadly. Healthcare settings may include hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers and/or rehabilitation facilities. HAIs are the most common type of harmful event experienced by hospitalized patients, causing an estimated 1.7 million infections each year in the United States.
HAIs can be associated with invasive devices used in medical procedures, such as a central line, urinary catheter or ventilator. The use of such devices can harm patients' natural defenses against germs and the longer these devices are in place, the greater the risk of infection. Catheter blood infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and catheter urinary tract infections account for two-thirds of all healthcare associated infections. HAIs may also occur at surgical sites, known as surgical site infections, or failing to closely follow infection control practices, such as hand washing.
Information for the General Public
- Diseases and Organisms in Healthcare Settings
- Types of Healthcare-Associated Infections
- Resources for the General Public
- What You Need to Know About Antibiotics in a Nursing Home
- Top 10 Infection Prevention Questions to Ask a Nursing Home’s Leaders
- What You Need to Ask Your Healthcare Provider About Antibiotics
Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Disease Plans/ Case Report Forms
- Carbapenem Susceptibility Testing Guideline - Utah Recommendations for Microbiology Laboratories
- National Healthcare Safety Network Surveillance Algorithms
- Infection Prevention Sign
- One and Only Campaign (Safe Injection Practices)
- Utah Communicable Disease Reporting Rule
- Utah Healthcare-Associated Infections Public Reporting Rule
- Utah Healthcare-Associated Infections Reporting Rule
- Utah Infection Control Transfer Form (updated 04/23/14)
- Utah Resources for Infection Prevention in Utah Long-Term Care Facilities (Manual)
- Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policies for Healthcare Personnel
- Resources for Healthcare Professionals/Clinicians
Data & Reports
- 2015 Utah Healthcare-Associated Infections Prevention Plan
- Annual Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports - Utah
- Annual Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination Coverage Reports - Utah
- Healthcare-Associated Infections Data & Statistics (CDC) - U.S.
- Hospital Compare
- National Healthcare Safety Network - U.S.