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North Carolina DHHS Releases Consumer Guide to Healthcare Associated Infections

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The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) released the first public report of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in acute care hospitals across the state. HAIs are infections that patients acquire in a healthcare setting while receiving treatment for other conditions. In North Carolina, approximately 33,000 individuals contract healthcare-associated infections in acute care hospitals each year.

The report, (http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/hai/figures.html ) provides hospital-specific information for consumers and healthcare providers about three of the most common HAIs that occur in North Carolina: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in intensive care units; catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in intensive care units; and surgical site infections (SSI) following abdominal hysterectomies or colon surgeries.

Information about other types of healthcare-associated infections will be included in future reports, such as those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and by Clostridium difficile (C. diff.).

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