Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that were not present when a patient was admitted to the hospital, but develop in the hospital as the results of poor infection control.

The healthcare-associated infection measures included on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are developed and used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Uniquely, Leapfrog reports hospital infection rates by individual facility rather than at the system-wide level in order to provide patients with better and more relevant information on how well the hospital they choose for care prevents infections.

The five infection measures on the Survey include:

  • Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Inpatient Hospital-onset Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Bacteremia

  • Inpatient Hospital-onset Clostridium difficile Infection (C. Diff)

  • Surgical Site Infection: Major Colon Surgery (SSI: Colon)

Hospitals reporting on these infections to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are required to join The Leapfrog Group’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Group  so that Leapfrog can obtain these data directly from NHSN. 

View Leapfrog Hospital Survey Results here.

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