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This rapid systematic review looked to identify perceived causes of increases in HAIs in 2019 and early 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic with a primary focus on Central Line Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) and Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE). The review identified perceived causes through identifying common themes throughout the literature. A search term was created and input into two databases. Five articles were chosen from the search and were annotated and coded to find common themes related to the causes of HAI rate increases. Five themes emerged, exposing critical issues faced by healthcare systems and healthcare workers nationally. This review looks to assist in greater efforts to reduce incidence, morbidity, and mortality related to HAIs in the United States. HAI incidence and SIR are a measure of quality in the United States healthcare system. The public health significance of this review lies in the identified themes that healthcare systems can utilize to update processes, prepare staff, and plan for the everchanging Covid-19 pandemic and future pandemics.