Healthcare-Associated Infections - What You Can Do

Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare workers aim to give the best possible care, but sometimes things can go wrong a patient can get an infection while in the hospital. These infections are caused by germs and viruses and are called Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).

About one in every 20 hospitalized patients gets an infection; over one million HAIs occur across the healthcare system every year.¹ These infections are a threat to patient safety and a major cause of illness in the United States.

If you are a patient in a hospital:

  • Clean your hands and be sure everyone cleans their hands before touching you
  • If you have a tube to drain your urine (one of the main ways an infection occurs), ask each day if it is needed
  • Tell your doctor if you have diarrhea three or more times a day, especially if you have been taking an antibiotic
  • Prior to a hospital admission, review a hospital’s infection rates on the Hospital Compare website

1. National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (April 2013)

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