By | March 3rd, 2010|Preparedness|

Post-surgery infections cost a fortune.  Health care–associated infections cause 1.7 million extended hospitalizations each year.  A study published last week in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the clinical and economic costs from these infections which are poorly understood.  The researchers looked at national hospital discharge records to find sepsis (blood borne infections) and [...]

AZ Trauma System Development Progress

By | February 9th, 2010|Preparedness|

One of our Department priorities over the last couple of years has been to better develop Arizona’s TRAUMA SYSTEM. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of why having a system of trauma care is so important: More than 24,000 people are severely injured (called trauma) every year in Arizona. More than 60% of these severe injuries occur [...]

A Year of Progress at ADHS

By | February 4th, 2010|General, Newborn Screening, Preparedness, Prevention|

We started on this journey together a year ago.  Thanks for being such good traveling companions.  We’ve been through a lot.  We’ve had challenges, fears, anxiety, good times, laughs, & fun.  We’ve sacrificed some of our programs, but we’ve made a great deal of progress too.  Overall- the year was a net plus.  I say [...]

Haiti National Medical Response

By | February 2nd, 2010|Preparedness|

Relief efforts are continuing in Haiti.  As of Sunday, almost 19,000 patients have been treated by US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) doctors and nurses on the ground in Haiti, with an additional 19,000 being treated on the Comfort (a medical ship).  435 patients have been evacuated to the US for more extensive [...]