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Healthcare-associated infections are infections that are acquired during an encounter with the healthcare system - hospitals, long term care facilities, dialysis, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers.

Who is at risk of acquiring these infections?

  • Patients who have surgery or open wounds
  • Patients with invasive medical devices like intravenous catheters, urinary catheters or ventilators

As a patient, YOU play an important role in preventing infections in healthcare settings. Become a smart consumer by educating yourself about ways to prevent these infections.

Safe Injection Practices

Healthcare providers should never use a needle or syringe either from one patient to another or to withdraw medicine from a shared vial. Both needle and syringe should be discarded once they have been used.


Contact Us

Joel Merriman, MPH
Syndromic Surveillance / HAI Coordinator
Communicable Disease Epidemiology Program
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Phone: (406) 444-0274