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HHC - New York Health and Hospitals Corporation
HHC InFocus - Understanding Our Quality & Safety Performance
Preventing Infections

When a hospital stay is necessary, the last thing you want is for your hospital to cause a hospital-acquired infection. At HHC we believe that all hospital-acquired infections are preventable and we are making very steady progress towards this goal. One of the easiest ways to prevent infections is through hand washing. HHC has embarked on several corporate-wide initiatives to help reduce hospital acquired infections.  These initiatives have an even stronger focus on hand hygiene as their foundation.

Central line-associated blood stream infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia are potentially life-threatening infections to which patients may be exposed after they have been admitted to the hospital. Patients in intensive care units (ICUs) are particularly vulnerable to these hospital-acquired infections.

HHC has made it a priority to reduce hospital-acquired infections among its critical care patients by implementing evidence-based "bundles" of best clinical practices in its ICUs to prevent central line infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Click below to learn more about HHC efforts to prevent these common hospital-acquired infections.