Healthcare-Associated Infections

Introduction

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) pose a significant threat to patient safety with an incidence of approximately 4.5 HAI for every hospital admission. The  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), says that over a million HAIs occur across U.S health care systems every year leading to the loss of thousands of lives and adding billions of dollars to health care costs. Common HAIs include but are not limited to infections acquired from the use of invasive wwwices such as catheters and ventilators or procedures used to treat patients. Tennessee Center for Patient Safety works with hospitals across the state to implement practices to reduce the risk of these HAIs including central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), ventilator-associated pneumonia, multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) such as methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), surgical site infections (SSIs) and other infections. 

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