Health care-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that people acquire while they are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting. HAIs can be acquired anywhere healthcare is delivered, including inpatient acute care hospitals, outpatient settings such as ambulatory surgical centers and end-stage renal disease facilities, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. HAIs may be caused by any infectious agent, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses, as well as other less common types of pathogens.
Wherever patient care is provided, adherence to infection prevention guidelines is needed to ensure that all care is safe care. The information on this website is intended to inform patients and healthcare personnel and help move healthcare systems toward elimination of HAIs.
In Texas, reporting of selective health care-associated infections is mandatory. Texas facility infection rates are published at HAI Data
Texas Annual Report 2012 (PDF, 2.32 MB)