Hospital-Acquired Infection (HAI) Rates in New York State Hospitals

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are infections that patients can get as a result of receiving treatment in a hospital. HAIs are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, affecting about one in 25 hospital patients on any given day.

In July, 2005, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed Public Health Law 2819 requiring hospitals to report select HAIs to the New York State Department of Health. This law was created to provide the public with fair, accurate, and reliable HAI data to compare hospital infection rates and to support quality improvement and infection prevention activities in hospitals. Annual reports that summarize hospital HAI rates are published on this website each year. The data are also available for download on Health Data NY, the Department's open data portal.

The ninth annual report provides hospital-acquired infection rates statewide and by individual hospital for 2015. The infections selected for reporting in 2015 include colon surgical site infections, hip replacement surgical site infections, coronary artery bypass graft surgical site infections, abdominal hysterectomy surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and Clostridium difficile and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae infection rates occurring on admission and during a patient's hospital stay. The report also describes progress of HAI prevention projects supported by the Department.

For annual HAI reports, please select from the list below:

Public Comment Requested

The New York State Department of Health is seeking public comment on the following proposal: Proposed changes to 2018 New York State hospital-acquired infection reporting requirements

Persons wishing to comment on the proposal should email their comments to: or write to: Hospital-Acquired Infection Reporting Program, New York State Department of Health, Corning Tower Room 523, Albany NY, 12237 no later than April 6, 2018.

Additional Resources

Guidance for New York State hospitals

Links to websites outside of New York State