Healthcare-Associated Infections

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections that were not present when a patient was admitted to the hospital, but develop as a result of errors or accidents in the hospital.

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)

Patients can search for how well their hospital is doing at preventing hospital-acquired infections on the Compare Hospitals page.

Rates of CLABSI and CAUTI in the ICU remain alarmingly high.

Check out our report of hospital infection rates











Leapfrog requires reporting hospitals to join The Leapfrog Group’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Group (at no cost). This will allow Leapfrog to obtain the hospital’s standardized infection ratios for each of the five applicable infection measures directly from NHSN, decreasing the reporting burden for hospitals.

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