Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are infections acquired while patients are receiving medical care. HAIs occur in all healthcare settings including acute care, ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient clinics, long-term care, long-term acute care, and rehabilitation facilities.
These infections are associated with a variety of risk factors, including:
The use of indwelling medical devices found in the bloodstream, endotracheal, and bladder
Contamination of the healthcare environment
Transmission of communicable diseases between patients and healthcare workers
Overuse or improper use of antibiotics
For more information about Wyoming Department of Health activities related to HAIs in Wyoming, please contact Cody Loveland, WDH surveillance epidemiologist and HAI prevention coordinator at (307) 777-8634.
To read, review or use the Wyoming Infection Prevention Orientation Manual, please click here.
To learn more about the Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group, please click here.