In U.S. hospitals, HAI's account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 related deaths each year. Many of these infections are now required to be publicly reported. Washington’s reporting process compares us to similar-sized hospitals and types of care units both within our state and nationally. For example, device related infections are currently only reported in the intensive care setting. Our ICU is classified as a medical/surgical intensive care with greater than 15 beds, so our rates will be compared to other hospitals with the same type of ICU.