Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that occur while receiving health care. Patients with medical devices (central lines, urinary catheters, ventilators) or who undergo surgical procedures are at risk of acquiring HAIs. They may also be exposed to healthcare-associated pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
The Division of Public Health HAI Prevention Program conducts statewide HAI surveillance and coordinates HAI prevention efforts among numerous private health care and public health partners.