Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Testing wastewater provides early warning for public health challenges

Wastewater testing for diseasesBefore the first case of influenza was reported in the Flagstaff area this fall, public health researchers from ADHS and Coconino County Health and Human Services already knew it was coming.

How? By testing wastewater for signs of influenza.

Wastewater surveillance

By | January 18th, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on Testing wastewater provides early warning for public health challenges

Learning hands-only CPR can help you save someone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest

Learn hands-only CPRAmericans were stunned when Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during a Monday Night Football game with sudden cardiac arrest. The actions taken to save his life illustrate the value of rapid treatment with high quality CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator, or AED. […]

By | January 17th, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on Learning hands-only CPR can help you save someone who suffers sudden cardiac arrest

Safe and highly effective COVID-19 protection is available, so get boosted

November COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination statusDuring November, Arizonans who had received the updated Omicron booster were 14 times less likely than unvaccinated individuals to be hospitalized from COVID-19 and 49 times less likely to die from COVID-19. That’s according to our latest monthly look […]

By | January 6th, 2023|Preparedness|Comments Off on Safe and highly effective COVID-19 protection is available, so get boosted

Naloxone Leave Behind program helps first responders save lives

Naloxone Leave BehindA program administered by ADHS helps Arizona emergency responders save lives by providing lifesaving naloxone to administer or leave behind when responding to opioid overdoses. 

State law permits EMS agencies to leave behind pre-packaged, intranasal naloxone (Narcan®) if an emergency medical care technician determines that it […]

By | December 30th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Naloxone Leave Behind program helps first responders save lives

Parents: Tips for helping kids who come down with respiratory viruses

Tips for helping kids with respiratory virusesPeople of all ages get sick with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19, but dealing with these diseases can be especially trying for parents of young children. 

Fortunately, in most cases these viruses cause mild illness that can […]

By | December 27th, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Parents: Tips for helping kids who come down with respiratory viruses

Newborn Screening social worker: ‘It’s an opportunity to really make a difference’

Every child born in Arizona gets a test that draws five drops of blood from the heel. Those samples come to the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory to screen for rare medical conditions. Each of these conditions can be treated, but parents need to get the information promptly. 

By | December 21st, 2022|Preparedness|Comments Off on Newborn Screening social worker: ‘It’s an opportunity to really make a difference’