Hospital complications are conditions a patient may sustain while receiving health care that reasonably could have been prevented through the application of evidence-based guidelines. These conditions are often referred to as hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) or patient safety indicators (PSIs), which are undesirable situations or conditions that affects a patient and that arose during a stay in a hospital or medical facility.
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are among the most common complications of hospital care. Two of the most common are Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections and Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at any given time, approximately 1 of every 25 hospitalized patients in the United States has an HAI. A cornerstone of HAI prevention is appropriate hand hygiene.
At UTMB, we collect data on an extensive list of various potention conditions and infections. Due to the large amount of this data, we currently share the following reports on this website, and will continue adding information in the future.