Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee
The Surveillance Subcommittee is comprised of two dozen healthcare and business professionals from across Arizona who work together to study and improve healthcare associated infections (HAI) surveillance activities in Arizona.
The group was formed as a subcommittee of the overarching HAI Advisory Committee with two objectives:
- To improve the knowledge base of surveillance activities in acute care facilities, long term care facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers.
- To encourage and support the voluntary use of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) by Arizona healthcare facilities.
As national HAI measures change, the group adapts its activities to support infection prevention in Arizona. The subcommittee recently created a business model presentation to inform healthcare facility leadership about the benefits of HAI Surveillance and to encourage development of HAI surveillance activities and programs in their facilities. Check out the Surveillance Subcommittee’s "Bottom Line" presentation to learn more on how to talk about HAI prevention to your healthcare facility leadership.
Infection Prevention Control Surveillance Assessment 2014
In April 2014, an anonymous electronic survey was administered to infection control professionals from all acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, long term acute care, long term care/skilled nursing facilities and out-patient dialysis centers in Arizona. The objective of the survey was to explore surveillance, reporting capacity, and to identify areas of need for infection control surveillance. Arizona's Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee has developed the following summary to detail methodology, analysis, discussion, limitations, key finding, and recommendations.
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and Skilled Nursing Facilities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) offers a reporting component for long-term care facilities (LTCF), and encourages skilled nursing facilities to consider submitting healthcare associated infection data. Arizona's Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Advisory Committee has developed the following fact sheet to help address questions and concerns from skilled nursing facilities for infection surveillance and prevention.