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WEBSITE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Kim Malsam-Rysdon, Secretary of Health

Healthcare Associated Infections

The national goal is to prevent, reduce, and ultimately eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). South Dakota is actively engaged, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in working to address the issue of HAI prevention.

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Overview

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HAIs are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. They are among the leading causes of preventable deaths in the U.S. and are associated with a substantial increase in health care costs each year.(1) HAIs occur in all types of care settings, including:

  • Acute care within hospitals
  • Same-day surgical centers
  • Ambulatory outpatient care in health care clinics
  • Long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities)

In hospitals, HAIs lead to extended hospital stays, contribute to increased medical costs, and are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Common HAIs patients get in hospitals include:

  • Central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Clostridium difficile infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Surgical site infections
  • Urinary tract infections

Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) are some of the most common HAIs.

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Contact

Hand hygiene saves livesAngela M. Jackley, RN
Healthcare-Associated Infections Coordinator
South Dakota Department of Health
740 E. Sioux Ave.  Suite 107
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-5348
Fax: (605) 773-4072
Angela.Jackley@state.sd.us

 

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