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CDC Awards Grants to Reduce Health Care Infections

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Scanning electron micrograph image of MRSA bacteria (Janice Haney Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded $10 million for new research to five academic medical centers to develop and test new ways to reduce infections in health care settings. CDC estimates that 1 out of 20 hospitalized patients will acquire an infection, including drug-resistant infections, while receiving health care treatment for other conditions.

The grants, awarded under CDC’s Prevention Epicenters Program, will test several technologies and processes aimed at reducing infections in health care settings:

– Combinations of bleach and ultraviolet light to clean hospital rooms to help prevent infection
– Tests that help distinguish patients who need antibiotics from those who don’t, as a means to prevent antibiotic-resistant infections
– Methods to help doctors anticipate when medical devices used to treat a patient are on the verge of causing an infection, so that device-associated infections can be averted
– Treating patients with harmless living microorganisms but still compete with harmful germs

    The grant recipients include Cook County Health and Hospital System and Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois; Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Wellesley, Massachusetts; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

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