Definitions and General Resources

This glossary contains definitions of some of the most common healthcare-associated infection (HAI) terms.

This glossary contains terms specific to urinary tract infections.

There are a variety of resources available in the health department, within healthcare facilities, in other state agencies, and in national organizations to help answer your questions about HAIs and their prevention.

For more information on the VDH HAI Program and other resources within the health department to help prevent infections within healthcare or residential facilities, please see the Resources – Health Department page.

Numerous state and national organizations and agencies are also dedicated to infection prevention and patient safety issues.  For descriptions of these organizations, please see the Resources – Organizations and Partners page.

To learn more about the types of staff members in healthcare settings and their role in preventing infections, please see the Resources – Healthcare Facilities page.

Different types of residential and healthcare facilities are licensed and accredited by different entities.  For more information on licensure and certification, please see the Resources – Licensing And Certification page.

For copies of the monthly HAI newsletter “HAI High Sign” and for the latest news on upcoming trainings and events, please see the Communication page.