There are many different types of healthcare facilities. Each one is unique and has a unique way of caring for patients. Likewise, each healthcare setting can present different infection risks. Depending on where you go to receive care, it’s important to know the right questions to ask and the important infection prevention practices to observe so you (or a loved one) can support infection prevention efforts and have the safest experience possible.

Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, you can stay safe from infections.

Acute-Care (Hospital)

Ambulatory Care (Outpatient)

Behavioral Health

Dental Facility

Dialysis Center

Long-Term Care

Public Health

Non-Healthcare Settings

Learn the basics of infection prevention in healthcare facilities.


Preventing infections is important outside of the healthcare facility, as well.

Stay healthy when you’re out and about—in schools, at work, and everywhere else. With knowledge on your side, you can avoid illness and stay healthy while you’re at school, on vacation, at work, at the gym, and out and about in the community.