Healthcare Associated Infection Program (HAI)

The prevention of healthcare associated infections is a new initiative of the Maine CDC.  The program is part of a national health care reform initiative and is federally funded.  Maine has established a Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Prevention Plan in order to reduce the prevalence of healthcare acquired infections.  Currently, the focus is on Maine hospitals.  However, the initiative will eventually be expanded to include other healthcare providers.  Maine CDC is working with an advisory body, the Maine Infection Prevention Collaborative, which has representatives from all Maine hospitals. The main goal for 2010-2011 is for hospitals to report certain healthcare acquired infections using uniform definitions and rates through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).  The current focus is to reduce central line infections, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, and surgical site infections.

What is an HAI?

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections caused by a wide variety of common and unusual bacteria, fungi, and viruses during the course of receiving medical care. Medical advances have brought lifesaving care to patients in need, yet many of those advances come with a risk of HAI. These infections related to medical care can be devastating and even deadly. As our ability to prevent HAIs grows, these infections are increasingly unacceptable. Recent successes in HAI elimination have been very encouraging. Examples include sustained reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) by 70%, simply by ensuring adherence to available guidelines. Reductions have been demonstrated for other HAIs as well, but, much more remains to be done. Wherever patient care is provided, adherence to infection prevention guidelines is needed to ensure that all care is safe care. This includes traditional hospital settings as well as outpatient surgery centers, long-term care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and community clinics. The information on this website is intended to inform patients and healthcare personnel and help move healthcare systems toward elimination of HAIs.(From CDC Healthcare-associated Infections website External site disclaimer)

See the current Healthcare Associated Infection State Plan (PDF*).