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Home Birth Protest

By | December 6th, 2011|General, Licensing|

Those of you that were working at our downtown campus last Wednesday afternoon may have seen the 100 or so folks carrying placards in front of our 150 Building.  They were asking us to make it easier to have a home-birth in AZ.  How can we do that, you ask?  Many of you probably didn’t [...]

RSV Ramping Up in AZ

By | November 28th, 2011|General|

Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV) is a respiratory virus that mainly affects little kids- and circulates around this time of year. There’s no vaccine- but clinicians can give a preventive antibody treatment to folks at greatest risk (e.g. premature infants).   It spreads mostly in the winter (like influenza) but flu and RSV don’t usually peak at [...]

AZ Carecheck

By | November 14th, 2011|General, Licensing|

It’s been a while since I mentioned to you that our Division of Licensing has a really good web site called AZ Care Check.  Our website provides a 3 year history of survey results, complaint investigation results and if any of our licensed facilities (nursing homes, assisted living, hospital and other medical facilities, childcare or [...]

New Certification for Kids Emergency Care

By | September 27th, 2011|General, Preparedness|

A trip to the emergency room with a sick or injured child is one of a parent’s worst nightmares, but it’s not uncommon.  Last year in Arizona there were just over 400,000 emergency department visits by children ages 0–14.  Not all hospital emergency rooms are equally equipped to provide care specific to children.   Arizona is [...]

Forensic Unit Jelling

By | July 11th, 2011|Behavioral Health|

The construction on our new Forensic Unit at the Hospital is moving right along.  The plumbing and electrical systems, heating and cooling systems, and the wall/ceiling trim are now complete in all the new buildings.  Hot and chilled water pump controllers were recently installed which allowed the air handler to start up.   Once the kinks [...]

Healthcare Associated Infections Report

By | March 7th, 2011|Preparedness, Prevention|

Good news this time.  The number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit patients with central lines decreased by 58% over the last 10 years according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. This decrease saved 27,000 lives and $1.8B in excess health care costs. Bloodstream infections in patients with central lines can be deadly, [...]

AZ Trauma System News

By | March 2nd, 2011|Preparedness|

Trauma remains a big problem in Arizona; it’s the leading cause of death for folks under 44 and nearly 27,000 people suffered injuries severe enough to be cared for in trauma centers in 2009.  We’ve been working hard over the last few years to recruit new rural hospitals into the trauma system as Level IV [...]

Influenza’s Having a Field Week in AZ

By | February 18th, 2011|Preparedness|

The flu vaccine that you and your family got earlier will pay off over the next couple of weeks, it's going gangbusters right now.  We monitor several different indicators to determine the level of flu activity in the state and all are on the rise right now including increased school nurse and health care clinic visits for [...]

Infection Prevention in AZ

By | October 22nd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Healthcare-associated infections claim more lives in Arizona every year than auto accidents or influenza.  Surprised?  That’s why the Governor issued a proclamation making this week as Infection Prevention week in Arizona- providing us with an opportunity to call attention to one of the CDC’s Winnable Battles-  defeating Healthcare-Associated Infections.  We had a news conference (along with [...]

ADHS Aces FY ’10 Licensing Timeframes

By | August 23rd, 2010|Uncategorized|

Did you know that we issue nearly 20,000 licenses every year- on everything from hospitals to childcare centers, midwives, trauma centers and sanitarians?  We’re required to have meet certain time-frames for each license or approval the Department issues- and we issue a lot of licenses.  If we don’t process the license within the timeframe, we’re [...]