Health care-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that people acquire while receiving treatment at a health care facility. These infections can lead to lead to longer hospital stays, higher costs, and can even lead to death.
Partners HealthCare is committed to eliminate preventable healthcare-associated infections. Our hospitals strive to meet this goal by implementing evidence-based best practices that have been demonstrated to reduce these infections.
Central lines are important, but can cause problems. They disrupt the skin and can sometimes cause central line-associated bloodstream infections when bacteria spread to the bloodstream. Hospitals can reduce or eliminate these infections by taking a few steps.
Hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to prevent infections. We make it a priority at all of our hospitals to promote the importance of hand hygiene.
Clostridium difficile (C- diff) is a bacteria that can lead to serious complications. Those at highest risk for C. diff infection include people who take antibiotics and also receive care in any medical setting, including hospitals.