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Winnable Battles: Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)

Health Care Facility Cleaning Station with Soap, Sanitizer, Towels, and Sharps Container near SinkOverarching Goal

Ensure safe healthcare for all Americans by reducing healthcare-associated infections

Key Actions

  • Promote and track use of proven HAI prevention practices
  • Increase use of National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to intervene, track and report HAIs


IndicatorBaseline2015 Target
CLABSI SIR (in hospitals)1.0 (2006-2008)0.4 (60% reduction)
Healthcare-associated MRSA27.08 infections per 100,000 persons (2007-2008)10.83 infections per 100,000 persons(60% reduction)
SSI SIR (in hospitals)1.0 (2006-2008)0.70 (30% reduction)
CAUTI SIR (in hospitals)1.0 (2009)0.70 (30% reduction)


Trends in central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABI) In hospitals, 2006-2011

Trends in healthcare-associated invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, 2007-2011

Trends in surgical site infections (SSI) in hospitals, 2006-2011

Trends in catheter-associated uinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitals, 2009-2011

Relevant Healthy People Objectives

HAI 1Reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
2020 Target: 0.25 SIR or 75% reduction
Baseline: 1.0 Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) (2006-2008)
HAI 2Reduce invasive healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
2020 Target: 6.5 infections per 100,000 persons or 75% reduction
Baseline: 26.24 infections per 100,000 persons (2007-2008)
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