Hospital Infections Drop

Arizona is doing a better job of eliminating hospital infections. According to a story in, our state “significantly lowered its rate of Clostridium difficile, or C-diff, and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) between 2013 and 2014.”

The story points out that C-diff is the most common type of bacteria responsible for  Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI).

Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Vice President of Care Improvement, Sandy Severson, is quoted in the article as saying – ““We are trending in the right direction in the majority of the areas, but the work never stops. We still have a lot of work to do.”

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report shows the progress Arizona is making in Healthcare-Associated Infections and where, as Sandy Severson said, work still needs to be done.




“Arizona has seen a 47 percent decline in some blood stream infections that occur after a large IV catheter is placed inside a large vein,” Dr. Cliff McDonald with the CDC said.

“Catheter-associated urinary tract infections have only gone down 1 percent in Arizona, and MRSA blood stream infections have only gone down 1 percent,” McDonald said. “There’s so many of those infections that we really need to do a lot more in that area.”

If you haven’t done so already – take a look at the CDC report and let us know your thoughts. How can Arizona improve in the areas where improvement is needed and continue to do well where we are seeing decreases in HAI’s?  Continuing to cut down on Healthcare-Associated Infections will help us take another step in our goal to one day make Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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