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Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are infections that patients acquire while receiving treatment in a healthcare setting. Infections are the most common complication of hospital care and are one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States. Preventing healthcare associated infections has become a top priority of public health agencies across the nation.
Indiana began mandatory reporting of HAIs starting January 1, 2012. The first Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Report was released in November 2013. The purpose of public reporting of HAI data is to increase the overall awareness of HAIs, encourage infection prevention efforts in hospitals, and help consumers make more informed decisions about their healthcare. Hospitals throughout the state are required to report infection data for three types of HAIs: central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and two categories of surgical site infections (SSI). The data received from hospitals allows for evaluation of the overall HAI burden in the state and targeting specific areas for improvement.
Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)
Health Care Quality and Regulatory Commission
(317) 233-7621 [Administrative Assistant]
(317) 233-7154 [Fax]
Epidemiology Resource Center
Office of Public Affairs [for media inquiries]
Any individual may submit a complaint to the ISDH about care provided at any licensed or certified Indiana health care facility or entity. The ISDH investigates all complaints. The above link is to a page that provides information about the complaint process and how to report a complaint. A Complaint Report Form is provided for individuals to assist in the reporting of care issues.
CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
Federal Laws and Regulations
State Laws and Rules