About Healthcare Associated Infections

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    You can get an infection while getting medical care. These infections are called healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs. You can get a healthcare associated infection of the blood, urinary tract, lungs, skin, and surgical sites. 

    Information About Common HAIs

    Basic Prevention Information

    About the Nebraska DHHS HAI Program

    Nebraska’s HAI Program works with public health partners to reduce HAIs by: 

    • Reviewing the numbers of HAIs and lab reports to detect resistant organisms or outbreaks earlier
    • Supporting programs that encourage the correct use of antibiotics to reduce resistance to antimicrobials and side effects
    • Reviewing and supporting practices for infection control at healthcare facilities
    • Educating the public
    • Educating healthcare professionals
    • Implementing a Safe Injection Program

    Emerging HAI Organism

    Candida auris (also called C. auris) is a fungus that causes serious infections. No cases of Canida auris had been confirmed in Nebraska. Facilities/laboratories suspecting C. auris should contact the state health department immediately. The State HAI team will help facilitate isolate submission to the Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN) in Minnesota for confirmation.

    Other emerging organisms include CRE (Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae), CRPA (Carbapenem Resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa and CRAB (Carbapenem Resistant Acinetobacter baumanii). Please see the page on antimicrobial resistance.