|Advances in medicine have brought about the use of many new procedures and devices to treat patients and aid them in recovery. Infections can be associated with the use of devices in medical procedures, for example, catheters and ventilators.
One of the most effective actions you can take to prevent an infection is to wash your hands and ask your doctors, nurses, and visitors to wash their hands, too. Learn more about the steps you can take to prevent infection from the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Top Ten Things You Can Do to be a Safe Patient.
The Colorado Health Facility-Acquired Infection Advisory Committee was defined and established by House Bill 1045 in 2006. The members of the committee include: local hospital inpatient and outpatient infection preventionists, the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) Mile High chapter members, a medical statistician, an infectious disease doctor, a health insurer representative, a consumer advocate and a purchaser of health insurance. In addition, representatives from the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care (CFMC) attend the committee meetings on a regular basis and discuss ongoing HAI projects as well as potential partnerships for new projects.
Colorado Health Facilities Associated Infections Advisory Committee Mission Statement
The Colorado Health Facilities Associated Infections Advisory Committee shall provide oversight of legislatively mandated healthcare-associated infections and reporting of such to help ensure accountability and the protection of health of patients in Colorado through education, validation of data, and review of reporting requirements and surveillance practices.