Health Care Associated Infection


Health Care Associated Infection, Healthcare Associated Infection, Health Care-Associated Infection, Healthcare Associated Infectious Disease, Infection as Complication of Medical Care, Iatrogenic Infection

  • Epidemiology
  • Incidence of Health Care Associated Infection
  1. Summary (in United States)
    1. Overall Prevalence: 1.7 Million cases/year
    2. Mortality: 98,000 deaths/year (equivalent to the seventh leading cause of death in U.S.)
  2. By Cause (in United States)
    1. Surgical Site Infection: 157,500 cases/year
    2. Urinary Catheter associated Urinary Tract Infection: 93,300 cases/year
    3. Clostridium difficile: 80,400 cases/year
    4. Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection: 71,900 cases/year
    5. Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: 49,900 cases/year
  • Prevention
  1. See Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship
  2. See specific types of Health Care Associated Infection
  3. See Personal Protection Equipment
  4. See Handwashing
  5. Hand Hygiene before and after procedures
  6. Insert devices
    1. Only while using sterile technique
    2. Only when absolutely indicated
    3. For no longer than absolutely necessary