AHRQ hands out $34 mil­lion to projects tar­get­ing in­fec­tions

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HHS’ Agency for Health­care Re­search and Qual­ity awarded $34 mil­lion for 22 projects aimed at pre­vent­ing health­care-as­so­ci­ated in­fec­tions across health­care set­tings. The awardees, an­nounced in a news re­lease, pro­posed projects ad­dress­ing health­care-as­so­ci­ated in­fec­tions 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 health­care 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.”

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