Healthcare-Associated Infection Surveillance & Prevention

Welcome to the Surveillance for Healthcare-Associated & Resistant Pathogens (SHARP) Unit Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) webpage!

The purpose of the SHARP Unit HAI website is to provide a quick and convenient place for local health departments, hospitals, other healthcare facilities, and consumers to find information about surveillance and prevention of HAIs and SHARP Unit activities. This website is designed to evolve with the needs of the user base as well as when new information becomes available for distribution. Please check it often. If there are any suggestions to improve the website, please feel free to contact at


An HAI is an infection that a patient acquires during the course of receiving medical care in any healthcare setting. HAIs are sometimes referred to as hospital infections, hospital-acquired infections, or nosocomial infections. Although HAIs can occur in any healthcare setting, the primary focus of the MDHHS SHARP Unit is on the acute care hospital setting.

HAIs are associated with a variety of causes, including (but not limited to):

  • The use of medical devices, such as catheters and ventilators
  • Complications following a surgical procedure
  • Transmission between patients and healthcare workers
  • The result of antibiotic overuse

Common types of infections are:

  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAPs)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs),
  • Surgical site infections (SSIs). 


Biosafety and Health Care Preparedness Conference

*Region 2 Sean Kauffman


Monthly Michigan NHSN Users Call and NHSN Updates  

Reporting Requirements


HAI Surveillance and Prevention Plan & Reports   

Michigan's Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Surveillance & Prevention Plan as well as annual, semi-annual, and quarterly reports from the SHARP Unit. 




NHSN Information and SHARP Trainings & Conferences   

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) which will be used in Michigan to collect information from healthcare facilities about healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), as well as information on SHARP Unit trainings and conferences. 



MDHHS SHARP HAI Prevention Initiatives   

CRE Surveillance and Prevention Initiative Page 

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus/Clostridium difficile (MRSA/CDI) Prevention Initiative


HAI Information for Consumers  

Am I a consumer?  A consumer is any person who receives medical care in any healthcare setting.

Useful Information for Consumers 




HAI Information for Healthcare Professionals   

Infection Control and HAI Prevention Resources for Healthcare Professionals  



MDHHS SHARP Unit Contact Information:


517-335-8165 (Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm)
517-335-9030 (After Hours/Holidays)

517- 335-8263

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services - SHARP Unit
333 South Grand Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933


About the SHARP Unit