Approximately two million hospital patients develop healthcare associated infections (HAIs) each year. This is about 10% of all patients admitted to the hospital. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 99,000 patients die annually. Caring for patients with HAI costs billions of dollars each year. One of the most important safety priorities for all ambulatory surgery centers is reducing or preventing the spread of infection. Nurse and healthcare providers need to know the importance of infection control and prevention in order to help increase patient safety. This activity will discuss the importance of infection control, how infections spread, how to block the spread of infection, as well as the nurse's role and responsibility for infection control.