Minnesota Hospital Association

Patient Safety

Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a serious patient safety issue, and reducing HAIs is a national priority. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed an action plan with national goals for reducing HAIs, and provided funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for each state to develop and implement its own HAI Action Plan.

In 2011, Stratis Health, Associated Professionals in Infection Control – Minnesota (APIC-MN), the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and MHA formed the Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Network (CHAIN). The partnership was formed to develop and carry out effective approaches for reducing healthcare-associated infections in Minnesota. HAI prevention goals will be achieved through interventions focused on hand hygiene, transmission precautions, injection practices, antimicrobial stewardship and environmental cleaning. The comprehensive unit-based safety program (CUSP) contributes to the foundation for all HAI prevention efforts.

CHAIN will focus on the prevention of:

  • Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Clostridium difficile infections (CDI, C. diff)
  • Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Multidrug resistant organisms (MDRO), including MRSA, VRE and MDR
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP)