Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility. Working toward the elimination of HAIs is a priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – and for Penn Medicine.
To acknowledge the tremendous efforts of Penn Medicine – and the dedication to quality and patient safety – the Health System created the quarterly HAI Recognition Awards.
The HAI Recognition Awards acknowledge patient care units that have gone 1,000, 750, or 500 days without an infection in any one of three categories:
- bloodstream infections
- ventilator-associated pneumonia
- urinary tract infections
Several patient units throughout the Health System have reached these significant milestones – including a few of our very own at Pennsylvania Hospital – in the fight against Healthcare-associated infections.