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ISDH Home > Health Care Quality & Regulatory > Indiana Health Care Quality Resource Center > Healthcare Associated Infections Resource Center Healthcare Associated Infections Resource Center

Welcome to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Resource Center. This page provides information, tools, and resources about preventing and treating HAIs. The page also provides information about state quality improvement initiatives related to HAIs.

Patients can acquire HAIs while receiving medical care for other conditions within a healthcare setting. About one in 25 hospital patients has at least one healthcare associated infection on any given day. Surveillance, outbreak investigations, laboratory research, and prevention activities are vital in reducing HAIs.

Contact

Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist
Nicole Hearon, MPH
Indiana State Department of Health
Epidemiology Resource Center
2 North Meridian St, 5 Selig 
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: nhearon@isdh.in.gov
Phone: 317-234-2805
Fax: 317-234-2812

Announcements / Current News

  • As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant, the ISDH has contracted with two experienced infection control nurses to help guide healthcare facilities through infection control assessments. Healthcare facility participation in the assessments is completely voluntary and unrelated to the surveys conducted by the ISDH Healthcare Quality and Regulatory Commission. For more information, please contact the HAI Epidemiologist.
  • Three educational modules for healthcare associated infections are now available. Scroll down to Educational Modules to find these 10 to 15 minute courses.

Definitions and Acronyms

Definitions related to healthcare associated infections

Acronyms:

  • CAUTI: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDI: Clostridium difficile infection
  • CLABSI: Central line associated bloodstream infection
  • CMS:  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • CP-CRE: Carbapenemase-producing Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae
  • HAI: Healthcare associated infection
  • HICPAC: Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee
  • HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • ISDH: Indiana State Department of Health
  • MDRO: Multidrug-resistant organism
  • MRSA: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
  • NHSN: National Healthcare Safety Network
  • SSI: Surgical site infection
  • VAP: Ventilator-associated pneumonia

Types of HAIs

Indiana HAI Reporting

Certification Programs

Educational Modules

Indiana HAI Initiative

Indiana HAI Plan

Library

Organizations

Regulations

Resources / Toolkits

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HAI Action Plan

 

Page last updated: June 1, 2016