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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Health Facilities

Healthcare-Associated Infections Guidelines and Resources

Guidelines and Resources






Our ability to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) has improved significantly. Below are resources for both healthcare providers and consumers to learn more about HAI prevention.




Learn more about preventing HAI and make more informed choices about where you get your healthcare by clicking the links below. 

  • CDPHE Patient Safety Page
  • Colorado.gov
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  • Colorado Hospital Report Card
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Hospital Compare
  • Nursing Home Compare
  • The Leapfrog Group
  • Infection Prevention and You pdf file
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Colorado Foundation for Medical Care
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule pdf file
  • The Department of Health and Human Services Hospital Preparedness Program
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
  • The Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • HAI Focus

In an effort to eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the Department of Health and Human Serivces (HHS) has developed an action plan with five-year prevention targets. CDPHE received HHS funding to develop and implement a statewide prevention collaborative focused on preventing (HAIs). In doing so, the collaborative is expected to implement multicenter, evidence-based HAI prevention initiatives. CDPHE has contracted with the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) to implement the Prevention Collaborative. Between January 2010 and December 31, 2011, CHA provided technical support, education and resources to participating healthcare facilities to address two HHS Action Plan prevention targets; surgical site infections and Clostridium difficile. To receive more information about the Collaborative, please contact  CDPHE’s Tamara Hoxworth at tamara.hoxworth@state.co.us, 303-692-2930.

CDC Toolkits

Visit the Patient Safety Program website and the Colorado Hospital Association website for additional tools and resources for preventing HAI.