Healthcare-Associated Infections



As a significant cause of death, healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are a critical challenge to public health in the United States. At any given time, about 1 in 20 patients have an infection while receiving care in U.S. hospitals. These infections result in up to $33 billion in excess medical costs every year.

ASTHO is working with HHS, CDC, and the Keystone Center to determine the role of state health officials in decreasing and preventing HAIs, specifically addressing priorities, challenges, and solutions at the state and regional level. In March 2011, ASTHO and CDC jointly released the HAI policy toolkit - Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: State Policy Options. The companion report, Policies for Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: Lessons from State Stakeholder Engagement was released in January 2012. ASTHO also maintains situational awareness on HAI-related policies and initiatives, shares this information with members, and represents the state health agency perspective.

ASTHO Resources

Policy Backgrounder - HAI Prevention and Policy Implementation

Toolkit - Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: State Policy Options

Companion Report - Policies for Eliminating Healthcare-Associated Infections: Lessons from State Stakeholder Engagement

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CDC Public Health Practice Story from the Field - Educating Policymakers about Strategies for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections, an initiative of ASTHO

Poster- Effective State Policy Interventions for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Issue Brief- State Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

HAI Legislative Tracking

HAI Legislative Tracking

HAI Legislative Summary 2013

HAI Legislative Summary 2012

HAI Legislative Summary 2011

State HAI Reporting Laws

Federal and Other National Resources

Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) (external site)

CDC Report: Menu of Selected Provisions in HAI Laws

CDC State-Based HAI Prevention Activities (external site)

CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion (external site)

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (external site)

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