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Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI)

A healthcare associated infection (HAI) is an infection that develops during, or soon after, receiving healthcare services or being in a healthcare setting. These settings include hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, or home-care visits by a health professional. These infections are a serious problem, and many are preventable.

How do you get a healthcare associated infection? 

Healthcare associated infections can occur in different ways, like when:

  • Central lines are used.

A central line is a long tube (catheter) inserted into a patient’s bloodstream with its tip ending close to the heart.
Infections that occur with a central line are called Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)

  • Surgeries are performed.

Infections that occur after surgery are called Surgical Site Infections (SSI).

  • Ventilators are used

A ventilator helps a patient breathe by pumping air into the lungs.
Infections that occur with a ventilator are called Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP).

More About Us

Our Healthcare Associated Infections Program reports infection information from acute care hospitals licensed by the Washington State Department of Health. 

For more information, please email Jason Lempp.