Hospital room with hospital beds and other equipment

The mission of is to provide healthcare workers and hospital administrators with resources that will help them reduce healthcare-associated infections and provide patients with a clean and safe environment of care.


  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that at any time, more than 1.4 million people worldwide are affected by infections acquired in hospitals
  • Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization saves lives and improves patient outcomes
  • Between 5% and 10% of patients admitted to modern hospitals in the developed world acquire one or more healthcare-associated infections
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections occur annually in hospitals in the United States, and are associated with nearly 100,000 deaths each year 
  • Healthcare-associated infections are also an important problem in extended care facilities, including nursing homes and rehabilitation units
  • Transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens most frequently occurs via the hands of healthcare workers, who inadvertently contaminate their hands during various patient care activities
  • Less frequently, contaminated surfaces in healthcare facilities may contribute to the spread of healthcare-associated pathogens. Contaminated surfaces can act as sources from which healthcare workers contaminate their hands, and in some instances, patients acquire pathogens following direct contact with contaminated equipment or other surfaces
  • Providing patients with a safe environment of care requires a high level of compliance with recommended hand hygiene policies and appropriate cleaning and disinfection of medical equipment and environmental surfaces