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Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI)








Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI)

Healthcare-associated infections, or HAIs, are infections that people acquire while they are receiving treatment for another condition in a healthcare setting. HAIs can be acquired anywhere healthcare is delivered, including inpatient acute care hospitals, outpatient settings such as ambulatory surgical centers and end-stage renal disease centers, and long-term care facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. HAIs may be caused by any infectious agent, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other less common types of pathogens.

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

Over a quarter of all hospital-acquired HAIs are caused by four types of infections:

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Surgical site infections
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Pneumonia

The Wyoming Department of Health is partnering with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (MPQH), the Wyoming Hospital Association (WHA), and healthcare facilities throughout the state to prevent healthcare-associated infections in Wyoming. The State HAI Prevention Plan was created to outline current and planned activities toward HAI prevention.


Information for Healthcare Providers


Wyoming Infection Prevention Advisory Group (WIPAG)



Campaigns the Wyoming Department of Health supports:

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Hand hygiene saves lives Get Smart for Healthcare – Know When Antibiotics Work Sharps safety begins with you. Sharps safety: Be sharp, Be safe.


   Partnership For Patients                  National Healthcare Safety Network


On the CUSP: Stop HAI