Healthcare-Associated Infections

Georgia Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Program

HAI Website Pages and Resources:

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.

Download this pdf file. Policy Statement: Clostridioides difficile Laboratory Diagnosis
Georgia Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee Policy Statement  -  
Originally Issued: April 22, 2014.  Updated January 5, 2018

Page last updated 8/18/22