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Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Facts & Figures

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5 percent of all hospital admissions result in a healthcare-associated infection, culminating in approximately 722,000 infections and 75,000 deaths each year as well as $28–33 billion in excess costs.  A recent publication estimated that HAIs in North Carolina cost $124-$348 million each year in direct expenditures.

North Carolina's current surveillance and prevention efforts focus on central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), abdominal hysterectomy and colon surgical site infections (SSIs), laboratory-identified Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia, and laboratory-identified Clostridium difficile (C. diff). The first hospital-specific estimates of select HAI infections in short-term acute care hospitals were published in January 2013.

HAIs are reported to DPH via the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) External link in accordance with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inpatient prospective payment system rules. The current CMS-IPPS rules are available on the CMS-IPPS website at External link (Scroll down to the "Payment" section under "Important Links").


HAI Annual Reports: These year-end summaries from the N.C. Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens Patient Safety (SHARPPS) Program provide state-level and hospital-specific data from North Carolina short-term acute care hospitals. These reports provide data on central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), surgical site infections (SSI), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus laboratory-identified events (MRSA LabID), and laboratory-identified clostridium difficile (CDI LabID).  Also included is an overview of program activities and accomplishments.

HAI Quarterly Reports: These reports, issued quarterly from the N.C. Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated and Resistant Pathogens Patient Safety (SHARPPS) Program provide facility-specific data from North Carolina short-term acute care hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. These reports include data on CLABSI, CAUTI, SSI, MRSA, and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

  • 2018 Reports
    • January through September 2018 (full report) - Issued January 2019 (PDF, 12MB)
    • January through September 2018 (Reports by Facility)
    • January through June 2018 (full report) - Issued October 2018 (PDF, 12MB)
    • January through June 2018 (Reports by Facility)
    • January through March 2018 (full report) - Issued July 2018 (PDF, 8MB)
    • January through March 2018 (Reports by Facility)
  • 2017 Reports
    • January through December 2017 (full report) - Issued May 2018 (PDF, 11MB)
    • January through December 2017 (Reports by Facility)
  • 2016 Reports
    • January through December 2016 (full report) - Issued April 2017 (PDF, 13MB)
    • January through December 2016 (Reports by Facility)
    • January through September 2016 (full report) - Issued January 2017 (PDF, 13MB)
    • January through September 2016 (Reports by Facility)
    • January through June 2016 (full report) - Issued October 2016 (PDF, 13MB)
    • January through June 2016 (Reports by Facility)
    • January through March 2016 (full report) - Issued July 2016 (PDF, 12MB)
    • January through March 2016 (Reports by Facility)
  • 2015 Reports
    • January through December 2015 (full report) - Issued July 2016 (PDF, 15MB)
    • January through December 2015 (Reports by Facility)
  • 2014 Reports
  • 2013 Reports
  • 2012 Reports

HAI Reference Document - This document is provided to facilitate understanding of the statistical measures and to promote accurate interpretation of published results.

For national HAI data, visit the CDC web site: National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Reports & Data External link

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