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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Healthcare-Associated Infections


 Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections caused by a wide variety of common and unusual pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and viruses during the course of receiving medical care. HAI can have devastating impacts on patients’ lives and are costly for patients, healthcare payers, health facilities and consumers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the annual direct medical costs of HAIs to hospitals in the United States ranges from $28.4 to $33.8 billion for urban consumers and $35.7 billion to $45 billion for inpatient hospital services. One study found the estimated total number of HAIs in 2002 was approximately 1.7 million.

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Healthcare-Associated Infections Data and Reports
Access data and reports on healthcare-associated infections.
About Healthcare-Associated Infections
Find information about common HAI and pathogens, tips for preventing HAI and other patient safety resources.
Healthcare-Associated Infections Guidelines and Resources
HAI prevention and control guidelines and resources for patients and healthcare professionals.
Healthcare-Associated Infections Projects and Activities
CDPHE collaborates with numerous partners and healthcare professionals to prevent HAIs.
Healthcare-Associated Infection Reporting
Find information about HAI reporting in Colorado, mandatory reportable pathogens and National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) reporting.