Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) and Antibiotic Resistance

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CDC has recently released their National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report based on 2013 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data. NHSN is the nation’s healthcare-associated infection tracking system for more than 13,000 hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide. This report highlights progress has been made in the battle against HAIs, but there is much more work to be done.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is committed to supporting and enhancing ongoing HAI prevention efforts and developing new HAI prevention infrastructure at the state level. To guide these activities, ADHS has created the Arizona HAI Plan, which outlines current and planned measures to prevent HAIs.

ADHS coordinates the Arizona Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee. This is a multidisciplinary advisory committee comprised of partners including the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Arizona Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and the Health Services Advisory Group. This advisory committee works to identify HAI priorities, develop strategies for HAI prevention, and make recommendations for HAI prevention.