Health care-associated infections (HAI) are a threat to patient safety and place a significant burden upon the health care system. The appropriate selection and use of rapid and accurate laboratory technologies for the routine screening of patients and detection of infections can have a significant impact on the control and reduction of HAI rates and on the overall care and management of patients.
1.Recognize common and emerging HAI.
2.Discuss best practices for laboratory diagnosis of HAI.
3.Describe appropriate actions to take when potential HAI are detected.