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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)
Information for the General Public

What are healthcare-associated infections?

Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections acquired during the course of receiving medical care, and can include, but are not limited to, infections of the blood, urinary tract, lungs, skin, and surgical sites.

What types of HAIs are there?

How can I prevent getting an HAI when I go to a healthcare facility?

What do I do if someone at home has MRSA?

What do I do if someone at work has MRSA?

What do I do if someone at home has C. diff?

Where can I find out the HAI rates at my local hospital?

Where can I find out how well Nebraska is doing on reducing HAIs in comparison to the nation?

What are MDROs?

  • Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) are bacteria that have developed resistance to more than one type of antimicrobial drugs. They are more difficult top treat than bacteria without these multiple resistances. Common examples of these organisms include: MRSA (Methicillin/oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant enterococci), Penicillin resistant Pneumococci, and CREs-carbapenem resistant enterbacteracea.

What can I do to prevent antibiotic resistance?

What is Nebraska DHHS doing about HAIs?

There are many activities the Nebraska DHHS is undertaking to reduce HAIs in the state of Nebraska:

  1. Monitoring HAIs by Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN) and Nebraska's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is performed in conjunction with the CDC at hospitals and dialysis centers. Soon we will begin monitoring of HAIs at ambulatory care surgery centers and nursing homes.
  2. Supporting education of Infection Prevention staff at healthcare facilities via DHHS, Infection Control Assessment and Prevention (ICAP) Program, GPQIN, and Nebraska Infection Control Network (NICN)
  3. Providing support to Infection Prevention staff at healthcare facilities via DHHS, ICAP, GPQIN, NICN
  4. Collaborating with leaders in hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, pharmacy, ambulatory care, and long term care to analyze HAI rates and develop plans to reduce HAIs in Nebraska


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