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
- 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.