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2017 Arizona Dental Infection Prevention Collaborative

By | October 16th, 2017|Preparedness|

Our Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program collaborated with the Organization of Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) to provide a day long Arizona Dental Infection Prevention Collaborative. The collaborative, held September 29th, brought together about 100 Arizona dental providers to learn new evidence-based practices in preventing infections and reducing harm. This training event provided education to infection [...]

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September is Get “Ahead of Sepsis” Month

By | September 21st, 2017|Preparedness|

September is Sepsis awareness month. Get Ahead of Sepsis is a national effort to protect people from the devastating effects of sepsis. This initiative emphasizes the importance of early recognition and timely treatment of sepsis, as well as the importance of preventing infections that could lead to sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to [...]

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ADHS Making the Grade

By | December 20th, 2016|General|

Throughout the year, a multitude of agencies release annual reports that attempt to grade states on their preparedness to respond to public health emergencies. Some years these reports use similar indicators to assign state scores, but indicators often vary from year to year. These reports look at areas both within and outside of a health [...]

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Joint Statement on Importance of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship

By | November 3rd, 2016|Preparedness|

The CDC and The Pew Charitable Trusts, in collaboration with 12 national health organizations, released a joint letter earlier this month on the importance of antibiotic stewardship in outpatient settings. Outpatient stewardship refers to coordinated efforts to promote appropriate prescribing of antibiotics for non-hospitalized patients in clinics, doctor’s offices, and emergency rooms. The overarching goal is to [...]

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It’s Arizona Infection Prevention Week

By | October 18th, 2016|Preparedness|

International Infection Prevention Week, October 16 to 22, raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety. The 2016 theme, "Break the Chain of Infection",  emphasizes how easily infections and germs can be spread from person to person, and ways to break the chain at each link. The chain of infection has [...]

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Are You Prepared for Antibiotic Stewardship in Arizona?

By | June 16th, 2016|Preparedness|

Last Saturday our Healthcare-Associated Infections Program and Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee members presented at the 2016 Arizona Pharmacy Association Annual Convention. Their presentation “A National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic Resistance: Are You Prepared?” was attended by over 200 Arizona pharmacists. Discussions included: Global initiatives to improve the use of antibiotics, including programs in the United States Major elements of the White [...]

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Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: An AZ Winnable Battle

By | January 4th, 2013|Licensing, Preparedness|

Healthcare-associated infections are a critical public health challenge in Arizona and in the US. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are acquired during healthcare treatment and can be devastating and even deadly- and they’re largely preventable. You may have seen the article in last week's Republic about dirty needles and their link to transmission of viruses and drug-resistant superbugs. The article [...]