With funds made possible by the Affordable Care Act, all states that applied to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for infrastructure funds (49 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico), will receive funding to continue to implement strategies to protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAI).
Sixteen states are receiving funding to prevent HAIs across the spectrum of healthcare by building multi-facility prevention initiatives, including: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Previous investments have resulted in 21 states demonstrating significant reductions in HAIs in their states, which have saved lives and healthcare costs.
Four states will receive HAI funding to advance the national implementation of electronic laboratory records by improving capacity to receive, validate, process and use incoming electronic laboratory records messages in surveillance systems. These states include: Arizona, Tennessee, South Carolina, and New Mexico. This work will impact the timely reporting of healthcare-associated infections to CDCs National Healthcare Safety Network.
Learn more about what your state is doing to prevent HAIs at CDCs clickable map: state-based HAI prevention map.