What is CDC doing to prevent healthcare-associated infections?

Healthcare-associated infections are a threat to patient safety.  CDC provides national leadership in surveillance, outbreak investigations, laboratory research, and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. CDC uses knowledge gained through these activities to detect infections and develop new strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Public health action by CDC and other healthcare partners has led to improvements in clinical practice, medical procedures, and the ongoing development of evidence-based infection control, guidance. Some examples of successful collaborations include:

CDC guidelines for prevention of healthcare-associated infections are the standard of care in U.S. hospitals and guide the clinical practices of healthcare providers in the United States.

Date last modified: May 30, 2007
Content source: 
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)
National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases