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Healthcare-Associated Infection

Healthcare-associated infections are among the most common complications during inpatient stays and are a threat to patient safety.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients acquires an infection while hospitalized. As a result, tens of thousands of lives are lost each year and costs are in the billions of dollars.

Fortunately, best practice approaches have significantly reduced many of the most common infections.

This course has been designed to help you to work toward a continued decrease in HAIs—and ideally their elimination—by reviewing the:

  • Causes
  • Risk factors
  • Current evidence-based practice strategies

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Define HAIs and identify those that are currently tracked by the federal government 
  • Identify the pathophysiology of HAIs in a healthcare setting
  • Recall factors associated with increased risk of developing an HAI in a healthcare setting
  • Identify effective strategies for preventing HAIs in healthcare settings