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One State, One Year: Arizona’s Progress toward HAI Prevention

Categories: ARRA, Healthcare-associated infections, State HAI Prevention

Jessica Rigler, MPH, CHES

Jessica Rigler, MPH, CHES

Guest author – Jessica Rigler, MPH, CHES
Healthcare-associated Infections Coordinator
Arizona Department of Health Services

In September 2009, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to develop infrastructure to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and create a new HAI Coordinator position. As the Arizona HAI Coordinator, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of dedicated and enthusiastic partners to coordinate statewide efforts towards HAI prevention. Key activities accomplished just in the last year include:

  • Establishment of the Arizona HAI Program
  • Authorship of the Arizona HAI Plan
  • Creation of the multidisciplinary HAI Advisory Committee
  • Assessment of HAI prevention priorities and educational needs of healthcare providers
  • Development of an HAI program website to provide resources and links to nationwide HAI data to healthcare providers and the public
  • Coordination between epidemiologists and the state survey agency to improve communication about HAI prevention and control

First anniversary of the Healthcare-associated Infections (HAI) Recovery Act Program

Categories: ARRA, Healthcare-associated infections

Joni Young, MS

Joni Young, MS

Author – Joni Young, MS
CDC’s Healthcare-associated Infections Recovery Act Program Coordinator 

Just over a year ago, I was putting together a team of public health analysts to support state health department healthcare-associated infection prevention programs. We had $40M in grants, 51 new grantees, and 28 months to accomplish what some would say is impossible — to build a national public health infrastructure aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). We were overwhelmed by the positive response from state health departments during a summer of H1N1 and other competing priorities. This demonstrated a commitment from the states to prevent HAIs. We began this partnership with a sense that we could accomplish anything with each others’ support. 

September marked the first anniversary of the HAI Program. The 51 grantees funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) (49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) implemented strategies to prevent HAIs, making healthcare safer across the nation. 

In just 12 months, the HAI Program: 

Data for Action: Tracking Infections

Categories: ARRA, CLABSI, Healthcare-associated infections, NHSN, State HAI Prevention

Dr. Scott Fridkin

Dr. Scott Fridkin

CDC’s Dr. Scott Fridkin
Deputy Chief of DHQP’s Surveillance Branch
Author of Today’s State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Report

As you may know, CDC captures and regularly releases national healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data through our National Healthcare Safety Network, a system that monitors infections at 2,800-plus healthcare facilities across the nation. Most recently, though, the NHSN team has been working to analyze and report HAI data at the state level, and some of our work was released today in a report called the First State-Specific Healthcare-Associated Infections Summary Data Report.

This report includes national HAI data from states with mandates to publicly report central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and represents the first time CDC has released state-specific data. It’s also the first time we’ve used a measure called the standardized infection ratio (SIR) to summarize state or national data. Nationally, we saw an 18 percent decrease in CLABSIs. State results were encouraging as well, with most states showing lower than expected SIRs.

 
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