Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are acquired by patients during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a healthcare setting. HAIs are one of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. On any given day, about one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. Both surveillance and prevention activities are vital in reducing the number of patients affected by HAIs. More information may be found in Defining HAIs.
In Alabama, acute care hospitals are required to report certain HAIs to the Alabama Department of Public Health through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Alabama HAI Regulations provides the rules and requirements for HAI reporting in Alabama.
Alabama's HAI Annual Reports
Alabama's HAI Prevention Plan
The major goal of the ADPH HAI Reporting and Prevention Program is to establish a uniform method of HAI data collection, reporting, and evaluation of HAIs by healthcare facilities. This will provide greater awareness of HAIs in the state as compared to the nation, allow for identifying HAI trends, promote adherence to strategies known to prevent HAIs, and influence outcomes with the goal of decreasing HAIs in the state.
The plan to meet the ADPH HAI Reporting and Prevention Program goals and produce the forecasted outcomes is detailed in the Alabama HAI Action Plan. HAI Prevention Plans details the National and State HAI Action Plans.