Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety


Health care-associated infections (HAIs) are those that patients acquire while receiving 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 give lifesaving care, they can also put patients at risk for infection.   

MHA is part of the Minnesota Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infections Network (CHAIN), which provides health care organizations across the care continuum with best practices and guidance for preventing HAIs.   

Visit the left navigation to access road maps and additional resources about specific infections.


Hand hygiene

Sustaining HAI improvement

  • Our Journey to Zero Harm
    Allyson Fortin, charge nurse, MICU unit, and Pam Peine, nurse manager, MICU unit, Regions Hospital, St. Paul