Healthcare-associated infections are a critical challenge to public health in Arizona. Healthcare associated infections are acquired during healthcare treatment and can be devastating and even deadly- importantly, they’re preventable. At any given time, about 1 in 20 patients have an infection while receiving healthcare treatment in U.S. hospitals, causing up to $33B in excess medical costs every year. For example, a single central-line associated bloodstream infection can result in an estimated $16,550 in excess medical costs. The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials recently developed a handy new toolkit called “Eliminating Healthcare Associated Infections: State Policy Options” which provides ways to use legal and policy interventions as tools to implement a comprehensive HAI prevention program.
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