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Healthcare-Associated Infections

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
  • Surgical procedures
  • Injections
  • Contamination of the healthcare environment
  • Transmission of communicable diseases between patients and healthcare workers
  • Overuse or improper use of antibiotics
  • Host co-morbidities

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.