Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Healthcare-associated infections are infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a healthcare setting. Healthcare-associated infections are one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC is committed to helping all Americans receive the best and safest care when they are treated at a hospital or other healthcare facility.


  • List of DiseasesEstimates of Healthcare-Associated Infections

    Information relating to infections acquired within a healthcare setting.

  • List of DiseasesList of Infectious Diseases in Healthcare Settings

    Diseases that may be transmitted within healthcare facilities and how to prevent their transmission to patients and healthcare workers.

  • RX Antimicrobial Resistance

    Bacteria that have developed resistance to certain antibiotics and how to prevent their transmission and conduct laboratory testing.

  • Man working with bloodBloodborne Pathogens

    HIV, Hepatitis C and other pathogens that may be transmitted in healthcare settings via blood or bodily fluids and how to prevent transmission.

  • RX SHEA/IDSA HAI Prevention Compendium

    As CDC continues to produce official guidelines in collaboration with professional societies and academic partners, implementation tools such as this compendium will serve as a means to ensure that the best practices for infection prevention are successfully brought to the bedside.

Date last modified: Oct 8, 2008
Content source: 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases