Health care-associated infections (HAI) are a major health problem in the United States. HAIs can be very serious, increasing the cost and length of hospital stays and even threatening lives. As a consumer, you should be proactive in your health care. The information on Missouri Department of Health and Human Services’ website can help you:
- understand more about HAIs – what they are and why they occur
- be informed about infection rates of hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers in Missouri
- learn what you, as a patient, can do to lower your risk of an HAI
The site currently shows data reported for central line-associated bloodstream (CLAB) infections and surgical site infections (SSI). Data on head-of-bed elevation (HOB) also is displayed. HOB is a process measure related to care in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
In Missouri, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are required to report selected data on health care-associated infections, also known as nosocomial infections. The reported infection data are available, by facility, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.