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Poisoning is the Leading Cause of Injury Deaths in Arizona

By | June 6th, 2013|Prevention|

When you think of the leading cause of deaths related to injuries, the first thing many people will think of is car crashes. While automobile crashes can be deadly—especially when drugs and alcohol are involved—the leading cause of injury-related deaths in Arizona is poisonings.  A new report we recently released shows that there were 1,144 [...]

To Decolonize, or Not to Decolonize

By | June 5th, 2013|Prevention|

…  that is the question- at least when it comes to whether to take standard measures to decolonize intensive care patients with antibiotic ointments in their nose to remove Staphylococcus bugs.  Hospital associated infections are a critical public health and healthcare cost problem.  While we’re losing ground in our fight against obesity- we’re making progress [...]

National Spotlight on AZ’s High Risk Perinatal Program

By | May 1st, 2013|Prevention|

The March edition of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Program’s Issue Brief highlights the great strides Arizona has made in decreasing neonatal deaths since the inception of our High Risk Perinatal Program/Newborn Intensive Care Program. When the program started in the 1970s, 1.8% of neonates died within a month of being born.  As a [...]

Preventing Hospital Associated Infections in AZ: New Performance Data

By | February 15th, 2013|Prevention|

A new CDC report released this week gave a status update on the national Winnable Battle to reduce hospital associated infections.   Not all medical procedures carry the same risk of infection, so the report uses something called a standardized infection ratio to compare infection rates among hospitals. It’s a complicated statistic, but basically, it divides [...]

New Year, New MEDSIS

By | January 14th, 2013|General|

Over the past two years, folks in ITS and Epidemiology and Disease Control have been working together to enhance our state’s electronic communicable disease surveillance system called MEDSIS.   This week the new version of MEDSIS went live. Major enhancements include the integration of tuberculosis reporting, case management and surveillance; expanded case management capabilities for all diseases; [...]

Midwife Scope of Practice Draft Proposal

By | January 11th, 2013|Licensing|

Our next Midwifery Scope of Practice Advisory Committee meeting will be Monday (January 14th) from 6-8 pm in the Lab conference room.  The Agenda is packed with 2 full hours of information and discussion.  We’ll be reviewing data from other states, and what scopes of practice they allow, as well as reviewing our own data collected from [...]

Influenza Going Gangbusters in US and AZ

By | January 10th, 2013|General, Licensing, Prevention|

During the 2009- 2010 influenza pandemic, we saw how influenza can be unpredictable in terms of who it affects most, when it occurs, and what strains will circulate. This season is no exception. While the circulating strains are exactly what we predicted, the peak of the flu season is hitting earlier than usual (now) and it's [...]

Valley Fever Season Peaking

By | January 8th, 2013|General|

Valley Fever typically peaks in late fall and early winter with a minor peak from June to August (refer to the 2007-2011 Valley Fever Report). Those who've been in Arizona for a while may know that Valley Fever is a lung infection caused by a fungus that is common in the soil here. In most cases, [...]

Another Acronym?

By | December 6th, 2012|Behavioral Health|

This is one to remember.  SBIRT is an acronym for a behavioral health intervention that stands for “Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment”.   The technical definition is “ … a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for persons with substance use disorders…”  A more metaphorical (is that [...]