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CDC funds research on health care--acquired infections.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is awarding a total of $10 million to five research groups in the latest round of funding for new research to help reduce health care setting--associated infections.

This will be the fourth round of "Prevention Epicenter" funding since the CDC began the program in 1997.

The program is intended to discover better ways to deal with difficult health care problems such as antibiotic resistance and hospital infection control According to CDC estimates, I in 20 hospitalized patients will acquire a health care-associated infection (HAI).

The CDC names new Prevention Epicenters every 5 years based on peer-reviewed grant applications.

This year's awardees are:

* The Chicago Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Epicenter (Cook County Health & Hospital System and Rush University Medical Center).

* The Duke University Prevention Epicenter in Durham, N.C.

* The Translation Prevention Research Epicenter (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care) Wellesley, Mass.

* Southeastern Pennsylvania Adult and Pediatric Prevention Epicenter Network (University of Pennsylvania), Philadelphia.

* Washington University and BJC Epi-Center for Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections in St. Louis.

The epicenters will explore strategies such as using combinations of bleach and ultraviolet light to clean hospital rooms, using new tests to distinguish patients who need antibiotics from those who do not, finding ways to anticipate which medical devices are on the verge of causing an infection in a specific patient, and preventing HAIs by treating patients with probiotics.

"The Prevention Epicenter program discovers solutions and refines them so they can work to prevent infections for all health care settings," Dr. John Jernigan, director of the CDC's Office of HAI Prevention Research and Evaluation, said in a press release. "During the past decade, some of our biggest breakthroughs in health care infection prevention have been rooted in research of the Prevention Epicenter program, and we look forward to future advances."

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Title Annotation:INFECTIOUS DISEASES; Centers for Disease Control
Comment:CDC funds research on health care--acquired infections.(INFECTIOUS DISEASES)(Centers for Disease Control)
Author:Finn, Robert
Publication:Family Practice News
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 15, 2011
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