Health Care-Associated Infections

Goal: Reduce health care-associated infections.

Every year in the United States, more than a half-million people get health care-associated infections (HAIs) while they’re being treated at a hospital for other health problems.1 Healthy People 2030 focuses on preventing and treating 2 types of HAIs.

C. diff (Clostridioides difficile) and MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are 2 of the most common causes of infections that people get in hospitals. Many of these infections are preventable, yet they cause thousands of deaths every year.2

Infection prevention and control interventions at hospitals and improvements in antibiotic use are critical for reducing C. diff and MRSA.

Objective Status

  • 1 Target met or exceeded
  • 1 Improving
  • 0 Little or no detectable change
  • 0 Getting worse
  • 0 Baseline only
  • 1 Developmental
  • 0 Research

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Magill, S.S. et al. (2018). Changes in Prevalence of Health Care–Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals. New England Journal of Medicine, 379, 1732-1744. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1801550.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States. Retrieved from [PDF - 20.8 MB]