Health Care-Associated Infections
care-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients acquire during
the course of receiving health care treatment for other conditions. According
to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, HAIs are the most common
complication of hospital care and data from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention show that nearly 1.7 million HAIs occur annually. While health
care’s modern technologies employ invasive devices and procedures to provide
life-saving care, they can also put patients at risk for infection.
MHA is part of the Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infections Network (CHAIN), which provides health care organizations across the care continuum with best practices and guidance for preventing HAIs. CHAIN partners developed the Road Map to a
Comprehensive Health Care-Associated Infection Prevention Program which provides
evidence-based recommendations and standards for Minnesota hospitals and health
systems to develop comprehensive HAI prevention programs.
The road map reflects published literature and guidelines by relevant
professional organizations and regulatory agencies, as well as identified best
Download the Road Map to a Comprehensive Health Care-Associated Infection Prevention Program.
The road map's targeted infections include: