Alaska has highest rate of Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) in the country, and Maryland has highest rate of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections.
The Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) measures - state data. These measures are developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collected through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). They provide information on infections that occur while the patient is in the hospital. These infections can be related to devices, such as central lines and urinary catheters, or spread from patient to patient after contact with an infected person or surface. Many healthcare associated infections can be prevented when the hospitals use CDC-recommended infection control steps.There are four main Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) being measured:
- HAI-1-SIR. Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
- HAI-2-SIR. Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
- HAI-3-SIR. Surgical Site Infections from colon surgery (SSI: Colon)
- HAI-4-SIR. Surgical Site Infections from abdominal hysterectomy (SSI: Hysterectomy)
Why are Hospital Acquired Infections important? There are many reasons, but the key reasons are that they cause harm to patients, they are preventable, and they cost a lot of money to treat.
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