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Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are among the top causes of unnecessary illnesses and deaths in the United States. HAIs are infections that patients get while staying in a hospital or other healthcare facility – infections that the patients did not have before being admitted.1  Reducing preventable HAIs is a priority for the Department of Health and under state law, New Jersey hospitals are required to submit data on healthcare-associated infections to the Department. The Department is required to review and analyze the data, and report the results in New Jersey's annual Hospital Performance Report.2



Progress Toward Target

*Figures shown are a mix of counts, percentages, rates, and ratios. Click the Objective statement for more information about the corresponding measure.

Exceeding Target
At/Making progress toward Target
Not progressing toward Target
Negative progression toward Target

Final Assessment

Three of the six Healthcare-Associated Infections targets were achieved by 2020. 

  • Targets were achieved for:
    • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
    • Colon surgical site infections
    • Abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections 
  • Targets were not achieved for:
    • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
    • Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgical site infections
    • Knee arthroplasty surgical site infections


For more information, please refer to these resources:


  1. Healthcare-Associated Infections. Health Care Quality Assessment, NJDOH. 2/4/21.
  2. Report Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). Health Care Quality Assessment, NJDOH. 12/13/16.

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