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
*Figures shown are a mix of counts, percentages, rates, and ratios. Click the Objective statement for more information about the corresponding measure.
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
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:
- Healthcare-Associated Infections. Health Care Quality Assessment, NJDOH. 2/4/21.
- Report Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). Health Care Quality Assessment, NJDOH. 12/13/16.