Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) and Antibiotic Resistance


A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has been released, Vital Signs: Antibiotic Prescribing Putting Patients at Risk, with a focus on proper and judicious use of antibiotics. This report highlights prescribing practices and reaches out to all U.S. hospitals to improve their antibiotic-prescribing practices. This release falls in line with CDC Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013 report, which gave the first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by antibiotic-resistant germs.

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.