Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs)

Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) occur when micro organisms enter the urinary tract when a catheter is in place, and an infection occurs. The majority of CAUTIs are preventable.

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in CAUTI

Resources to prevent CAUTI:


Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)

CLABSI is a bloodstream infection that occurs within a central line - a catheter used to deliver or measure a patient's essential fluids.

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in CLABSI

Resources to prevent CLABSI:


Clostridium Difficile Infection (C. diff or CDI) and Antibiotic Stewardship

Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff or CDI) commonly occurs after prolonged exposure to antibiotics, resulting in diarrhea, CAUTIs, and Sepsis.

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in CDI

Resources to prevent CDI:


Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO)

Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are microorganisms, predominantly bacteria, that create infections which are resistant to one or more antimicrobial agents. Common MDROs include:

  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Staphylococcus aureus with resistance to vancomycin (VISA/VRSA)
  • Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE)
  • Extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing gram-negative bacilli (ESBLs)
  • Multidrug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae (MDRSP)
  • Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
  • Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in MDRO

Resources to prevent MDRO:


Surgical Site Infection (SSI)

Surgical site infections are infections that occur in the wound created by an invasive surgical procedure.

The HIIN is focused on reducing SSI from:

  • Colon surgery
  • Abdominal hysterectomies
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip replacement

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in SSI

Resources to prevent SSI:


Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE)

Ventilator-associated events are lung infections, such as pneumonia, and other complications occurring in patients who are on mechanical ventilation breathing apparatuses.

Goal: By September 27, 2018, a 20 percent reduction in VAE

Resources to prevent VAE:


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