Health care-associated infections (HAIs), are acquired while patients are receiving treatment for another condition in a health care setting. HAIs can occur anywhere health care is delivered, including inpatient acute care hospitals, outpatient settings such as ambulatory surgical centers or dialysis facilities, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. HAIs may be caused by any infectious agent, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, as well as other less common types of pathogens.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has identified the reduction of HAIs as an Agency Priority Goal and is committed to reducing the national rate of HAIs by demonstrating significant, quantitative, and measurable reductions in hospital-acquired central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), as a start. Please click on a link below to access additional subject resources.
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