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$34 million slated for anti-infection projects


By Maureen McKinney
Posted: November 4, 2010 - 2:30 pm ET
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HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded $34 million for 22 projects aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections across healthcare settings.

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The awardees, announced in a news release, proposed projects addressing HAIs in hospitals, ambulatory-care settings, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term-care facilities. For instance, one project will examine the use of preoperative antibiotics for use in preventing surgical-site infections, while another will focus on preventing and managing Clostridium difficile infections among nursing home residents.

“We know that infections can occur in any health care setting,” said Carolyn Clancy, AHRQ’s director, in the release. “With these new projects, we can apply what has worked in reducing infections in hospitals to other settings and ultimately help patients feel confident they are in safe hands, regardless of where they receive care.”

Two million HAIs occur each year, contributing to nearly 100,000 patient deaths, according to AHRQ, quoting data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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