About Us

 

The Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI & AR) Program works to prevent HAIs and antibiotic-resistant infections. Here are some of the ways we do that:

  • Monitor and validate data on reportable HAIs from Washington hospitals.
  • Provide consultative infection prevention assessments to hospitals, long-term care facilities, dialysis centers, dental offices, and ambulatory care.
  • Advise and support healthcare facilities and local health jurisdictions during HAI investigations.
  • Promote judicious use of antibiotics in all healthcare settings.
  • Partner with professional associations, patient advocacy groups and the public to inform, improve and advance the sciences of infection control, healthcare epidemiology, and patient safety.
  • Collaborate with regional partners on infection prevention.

Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee

The Department of Health coordinates the Healthcare-Associated Infections Advisory Committee. This committee advises the HAI & AR Program on a range of issues from tracking of HAIs to readiness efforts for special pathogens (e.g., Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). The Advisory Committee meets multiple times a year and is facilitated by the department HAI Program.

The Advisory Committee is comprised of members from varied sectors of healthcare and the public. Members include: infection preventionists, epidemiologists, licensed healthcare providers, healthcare quality improvement and infection prevention professionals, local public health, healthcare consumer advocates, and the public.

Washington State Plan for Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (2022-2027)

The Department of Health, in collaboration with a workgroup of Advisory Committee members, developed a five-year plan for HAI and AR work across Washington (PDF). This plan will help to guide the work of DOH and our partners in addressing healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in our state.

Other Program Activities

Biennially, we advise the Washington State Legislature on reporting requirements and HAI & AR issues.

Beginning in 2021, we are working with the Department of Social and Health Services to implement SHB 1218 which will improve epidemic disease preparedness and response capabilities in long-term care facilities.

Hospital Infection Rate Reports

Visit our HAI reports page and interactive map showing hospital infection rates for CLABSI, SSI, and Clostridium difficile.

Contact Us

For more information, please email us.