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Indiana Healthcare Associated Infections Report

Report Overview

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.

Contact the Program

Indiana State Department of Health
2 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-1325 (ISDH Main Switchboard)

Assistant Commissioner
Health Care Quality and Regulatory Commission
Terry Whitson
(317) 233-7022
(317) 233-7621 [Administrative Assistant]
(317) 233-7154 [Fax]

State Epidemiologist
Pam Pontones
Epidemiology Resource Center
317-234-2812 [Fax]

Office of Public Affairs [for media inquiries]
Amy Reel

Definitions and Acronyms


Definitions related to healthcare associated infections


  • 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

Report a Complaint about a Health Care Facility to the ISDH

Report a complaint regarding a health care facility

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.

Consumer Information

Advance Directives Resource Center

Epidemiology Resource Center Healthcare Associated Infections

Health Care Facility Consumer Reports

Healthcare Associated Infection Resources and Information

CDC Healthcare Associated Infection Center

CDC National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)

ISDH Epidemiology Healthcare Associated Infection Information

ISDH Healthcare Associated Infection Resource Center

Laws and Regulations

Federal Laws and Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Homepage

State Laws and Rules

Indiana HAI Reporting Rule

Indiana HAI Reporting Rule Guidance

Indiana Law and Rules Homepage

Indiana Register



Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology

Indiana Hospital Association

Federal Government

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Page last reviewed: August 1, 2016