Georgia Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Program
HAI Website Pages and Resources:
- Notifiable HAI Reporting
- TAP Reports
- Georgia Healthcare Associated Infections Report
- CRE RCCC Collaborative
- Georgia HAI Advisory Committee (GHAIAC)
- Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship
- Honor Roll Checklist and Submission Process
- Georgia HAI Prevention Plan
- Resources for Healthcare Workers and the Public
- Glossary of Related Terms
What are HAIs?
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that develop during or soon after medical treatment for a separate medical condition. HAIs can result from patients’ own bacteria, be associated with surgery or invasive medical devices, or be due to exposure to bacteria, viruses, fungi or spores transmitted from contaminated healthcare workers' hands, environmental surfaces, or medical equipment. Bacteria found in healthcare settings are often resistant to commonly prescribed antibiotics, making HAIs more difficult to treat. Not only do these infections have a negative personal impact on patients and families, they are a major contributing component to the nation's increasing healthcare costs. The vision of the Georgia HAI Program is to eliminate HAIs for Georgia patients.
As of January 2013, the HAIs that are reportable to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services' (CMS) Quality Reporting Program have been added to the GDPH Notifiable Disease List. Additional information on HAI reporting can be found here.
Please click the HAI website pages and resources links above to learn more about the Georgia DPH HAI program.
Policy Update - Issued April 22, 2014
Page last updated 01/05/2017