Indiana's Resource Collaborative for Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections
What is Indiana's Resource Collaborative for Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections?
The purpose of this collaborative is to distribute patient and provider specific resources on the prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), antimicrobial resistance (AR), antimicrobial stewardship (AS), infection prevention, and other relevant topics.
This webpage is the product of the collaboration of multiple Indiana healthcare organizations and initiatives. The following sections of this webpage reflect the overlap of the goals and initiatives of our Indiana partners across the spectrum of healthcare settings. Our goal is collaboration and sharing of resources for a healthier Indiana.
Meet Indiana resource collaborative representatives below!
Vaccination and Healthcare
Vaccination is a key tool in infection prevention for healthcare workers and patients entering healthcare facilities. It is important to encourage staff members, patients, visitors, and family members to get vaccinated to protect themselves from disease and help prevent the spread of disease within healthcare facilities.
Mental Health and Healthcare
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
An infection occurs when germs enter the body, increase in number, and cause a reaction of the body. Infection prevention is a practical, evidence-based approach preventing patients and health workers from being harmed by avoidable infections.
Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms
A Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (MDRO) is any organism that is resistant to one or more agents in at least three classes of antibiotics.
CDC’s Project Firstline is a collaborative of diverse healthcare and public health partners that aims to provide engaging, innovative, and effective infection control training for millions of frontline U.S. healthcare workers as well as members of the public health workforce.
Antimicrobial Stewardship (AS)
Antimicrobial Stewardship refers to coordinated strategies designed to promote appropriate use of antimicrobials with the goal of enhancing health outcomes, reducing resistance to antimicrobials, and decreasing unnecessary healthcare costs.
Healthcare Associated Infections
A healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an infection that a person can acquire while receiving treatment in a healthcare facility for another condition. There are various types of HAIs, which are often named after the site of the body in which they occur.
National Healthcare Safety Network
The National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is a CDC tracking system for HAIs. NHSN provides facilities, states, regions, and the nation with data needed to identify problem areas, measure progress of prevention efforts, and ultimately eliminate HAIs.
Sepsis is the body's extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract.
Page last reviewed and updated: March 2022