HHS announced $17 million in funding for projects to prevent hospital-acquired infections.
HHS marks $17 million for projects targeting hospital-acquired infections
About half of that funding, $8 million, will be used to nationally expand a program developed by Johns Hopkins University and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality to reduce the rate of central-line blood stream infections. That project uses a checklist of best practices, infection-prevention tools and staff training and was responsible for reducing infections in Michigan intensive-care units and saving $200 million in healthcare costs, HHS said in a news release.
The remaining funding will be allocated to various hospitals and health systems across the country to focus on reducing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile, measuring the risk of infection after surgery, and studying the use of antibiotics.
What do you think? Post a comment on this article and share your opinion with other readers. Submit your comments to Modern Healthcare Online at [email protected]. Please be sure to include your hometown and state, along with your organization and title.
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.