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Healthcare-Associated Infections
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections that patients develop during the course of receiving healthcare treatment for other conditions. They can happen anywhere healthcare treatment is provided and are the most common complication of hospital care.

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Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program

The HAI Program priorities are to reduce the risk of infectious diseases and complications of individuals receiving healthcare in Ohio. The goals are three-fold:
  • Prevent healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) and outbreaks
  • Use antibiotics wisely (antimicrobial stewardship) to prevent or minimize antibiotic resistance
  • Provide technical assistance and education on infection control and prevention
The ODH HAI Program provides a number of services including:
  • Collect, report, and analyze statewide HAI data for education and prevention purposes
  • Provide technical support for the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS) HAI Outbreak Module
  • Conduct Infection Control Assessment and Response (ICAR) technical assistance site visits to healthcare facilities that have:
    • Increased risk of disease
    • Two or more reported outbreaks in a 6-month period
    • Higher than expected reported infections
    • An identified breach of infection control requiring patient notification
    • Referral from community partners/regulatory organizations
    • Self-referral for assistance (provided if resources are available)
  • Develop and maintain the statewide HAI Plan
  • Provide ongoing public and professional HAI and antibiotic resistance education and information


Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Infectious Diseases
Healthcare-Associated Infections
246 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


Phone: (614) 995-5599

Fax: (614) 387-2132

E-mail: ORBIT@odh.ohio.gov

Monday - Friday 8AM to 5PM