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

The Indiana State Department of Health is leading an initiative directed at preventing healthcare associated infection. This initiative began in September 2009 and continues through December 2011.  The Initiative is a state collaborative effort to prevent healthcare associated infections.  The Initiative includes development of a state plan for preventing healthcare associated infections, development of a monitoring system, and implementation of a prevention program.  The Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative is focusing on six healthcare associated infections: 

  • Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Clostridium difficile infections (CDI)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

Announcements / Current News

Three educational modules for healthcare associated infections are now available.  Scroll down to Educational Modules to find these 10 to 15 minute courses.

Contacts

Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)
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Assistant Commissioner
Terry Whitson
Indiana State Department of Health
Health Care Quality and Regulatory Commission
2 North Meridian Street, 4 Selig
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: twhitson@isdh.in.gov
Phone: (317) 233-7022
Phone: (317) 233-7621 [Administrative Assistant]
Fax:  (317) 233-7154

State Epidemiologist
Pam Pontones
Indiana State Department of Health
Epidemiology Resource Center
2 North Meridian St., 5-K
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: ppontones@isdh.in.gov
Phone:  317-233-7861
Fax:  317-234-2812

Certification Programs

Definitions and Acronyms

Definitions related to healthcare associated infections

Acronyms:

  • CAUTI: Catheter associated urinary tract infection
  • CDC:  Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • CDI: Clostridium difficile infection
  • CLABSI: Central line associated bloodstream infection
  • CMS:  Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • HAI:  Healthcare associated infections
  • 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

HAI: Healthcare Associated Infections included in this initiative

  • Central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Clostridium difficile infection (CDI or C. diff.)
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)

Educational Modules

ISDH Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Educational Modules

Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative

Indiana Ambulatory Surgery Center Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative

Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative

Indiana Plan for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections 2010 

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Organizations

Regulations

Resources / Toolkits

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthcare Associated Infection Action Plan