Healthcare-Associated Infections Program

The City of Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical complex with approximately 10 million patient visits per year, over 180,000 annual surgeries, and the nation's largest children's and cancer hospitals. This, along with two international airports, the Port of Houston, and ranking high in international commerce, increases the city's vulnerability to emerging infectious diseases.

STRIVE Infection Control Training

The CDC offers STRIVE infection control training intended for the infection prevention team, hospital leaders, clinical educators, nurse and physician managers, environmental services managers, all patient care staff, and patient/family advisors.

Infections due to multi-drug resistant organisms result in increased morbidity and mortality and pose a significant burden on healthcare costs. As such, the Houston Health Department Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) program has made it a priority to address the increasing challenge associated with antimicrobial resistance with other leaders in Houston and the Texas Medical Center.

Activities in HHD’s HAI program are funded by the CDC Epidemiology and Laboratory Grant that focuses on strengthening local and state capacities.

Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship programs have been shown to increase optimal prescribing for therapy and prophylaxis, improve the quality of patient care, reduce adverse events associated with antibiotic use, and offer cost savings.

Antibiotic stewardship

Executive Committee

The executive committee provides guidance to the Houston Health Department on multidrug-resistant organisms detection and response and may advise the Healthcare-Associated Infections program as needed.

Antibiotic stewardship

Surveillance, Detection, and Reporting

Several data sources are used to assess and track antibiotic resistance. These systems provide an understanding of known and emerging resistance in order to inform solutions like containment, prevention and outbreak response.

Infection detection and reporting