Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee
The Arizona Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee is a voluntary committee charged with making recommendations to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. The committee held its first meeting on February 24th 2010.
The committee was created in fullfillment of the recommendations by the Infection Prevention and Control Advisory Committee (IPCAC) to the Arizona Governor and Legislature. Their recommendations were to "establish a voluntary ongoing, statewide, multidisciplinary advisory committee on infection prevention and control."
Five subcommittees operating under purview of Arizona Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee to accomplish identified objectives:
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Subcommittee
- Education and Training Subcommittee
- Prevention Strategies Subcommittee
- Surveillance Subcommittee
- Long Term Care Subcommittee
The Arizona HAI Advisory Committee meets bi-monthly and is chaired by the State HAI Coordinator. The subcommittee meetings occur on a regular basis and report progress of their activities to the Advisory Committee. The Arizona HAI Advisory Committee is covered by the Open meeting law.
Mission of the Arizona HAI Advisory Committee
The Arizona Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee's mission is to reduce the number and impact of HAIs in Arizona by convening a multidisciplinary group of partners to standardize best practices for monitoring and preventing HAIs, educate the public and healthcare providers on effective methods to reduce HAIs, and proactively address emerging HAI issues.
Members of the Arizona HAI Advisory Committee
The committee has retained the original IPCAC members and was expanded to include additional partners. Since then the committee has expanded to include 30 actively participating committee members. These members represent a variety of stakeholders including, representatives from the state and local health departments, infection control practitioners, microbiology laboratory scientists, pharmacists, physicians with expertise in infectious disease and epidemiology, organizations that represent healthcare providers and facilities, health maintanance organizations, healthcare consumers and healthcare payers.