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Infection Prevention Program

Why is infection prevention important?

When you go into a hospital or other healthcare setting to receive care, you become vulnerable to catching infections. Unfortunately, in the U.S., nearly 75,000 people (approximately 1 in 31 people) in hospitals die each year with these infections—many of which could have been prevented with proper infection prevention practices. But the good news is that patients, their families, and other visitors can take steps to prevent infections by simply knowing infection prevention basics! For more information visit APIC.

APICInfection Prevention and You! For more information on APIC, Infection Prevention and You!, or International Infection Prevention Week please visit

Wash your hands

Meet the Indiana Department of Health Infection Prevention Team

We have 4 Regional Infection Preventionists (IPs), a Program Manager, and an Epidemiologist who cover proactive and reactive Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) in long term care (LTC) for COVID-19 and other outbreaks in LTC, acute care (hospitals), long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and dialysis.

Infection Prevention Press Newsletter for Long-term Care Facilities

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If there is a topic you would like to see covered in a future edition, please do not hesitate to send suggestions to Bethany Lavender at

Page last reviewed and updated: April 2024