Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and infections are medical conditions or complications that were not present when a patient was admitted to the hospital, but develop as a result of errors or accidents in the hospital.
This section of the survey contains rates of seven types of HACs:
- Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
- Hospital-acquired MRSA infections
- Hospital-acquired C. diff infections
- Surgical site infections for colon surgeries
- Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers
- Hospital-acquired injuries
Hospitals can prevent many of these conditions by following proper protocol, including proper handwashing and the use of checklists. Some hospitals have zero or close to zero reported HACs.