What are healthcare-associated infections?
A healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an infection that a person can acquire while receiving treatment in a healthcare facility for another condition. There are various types of HAIs, which are often named after the site of the body in which they occur.
Transmission of HAIs via Water Systems
Water can harbor germs that threaten the safety of patients and spread antibiotic resistant pathogens or healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Water management programs in healthcare facilities are an important way to help protect vulnerable patient populations as well as staff and visitors.
Transmission of HAIs via the Healthcare Environment
Effective cleaning and disinfection of the healthcare environment and hands of healthcare workers are instrumental in the prevention of healthcare associated infections.
CDC's Core Components of Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection
- Integrate environmental services into the hospital’s safety culture.
- Educate and train all HCP responsible for cleaning and disinfecting patient care areas.
- Select appropriate cleaning and disinfection technologies and products.
- Standardize setting-specific cleaning and disinfection protocols.
- Monitor effectiveness and adherence to cleaning and disinfection protocols.
- Provide feedback on adequacy and effectiveness of cleaning and disinfection to staff and stakeholders.
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
Indiana Kentucky Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC)
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Indiana Hospital Association (IHA)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHQR)
Indiana Department of Health (IDOH)