Missouri Health Care-Associated Infection Reporting
- Infection Reporting Data (Search Here)
- Historical Infection Reporting Data
- Instructions for Using this Site
- About HAI Infections
- Definition of Terms
- Frequently Asked Questions
Begins with the Hands
This site displays data on Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) as reported to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) by hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. These facilities are required by state law and regulation to report data on selected HAIs, also known as nosocomial infections. Currently, data are reported for central line-associated bloodstream (CLAB) infections and surgical site infections (SSIs). Data on head-of-bed elevation (HOB) is also displayed. HOB is a process measure related to care in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Such infections as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), ventilator-associated pneumonia and others, are not included on this site. Click here for further information on these infections.
HAIs continue to be a major health problem in the United States. HAIs can be very serious, increasing the cost and length of hospital stays and even threatening lives. As a consumer, you should be proactive in your healthcare. The information on this site can help you to:
- Understand more about HAIs - what they are and why they occur.
- Be informed about hospital and ASC infection rates in Missouri.
- Learn what you, as a patient, can do to lower your risk of an HAI.
Keep in mind that a facility's experience with HAIs is only one thing to consider when choosing a facility. The advice of your physician, the experience of facility staff, and other factors unique to your situation should be considered as well. (Note: some facilities may not appear on this site because they did not perform enough procedures to make their infection rates meaningful.)
Please review the Instructions for Using this Site, Definition of Terms, Frequently Asked Questions, and other information listed on the left bar of this page for help in understanding the tables displayed on this site.
If you have been to this site previously, you may want to go directly to the Infection Reporting Data.