Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

HealthCare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-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 Healthcare-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 practices.  

Download the Road Map to a Comprehensive Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Program.

The road map's targeted infections include: