An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure…and if that’s the case, the $34 million awarded last week by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will go a long way for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The new funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will help improve the quality of care delivered to patients and expand the fight against HAIs in hospitals, ambulatory care settings, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term care facilities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are almost 2 million healthcare-associated infections each year that lead to nearly 100,000 deaths.
"We know that infections can occur in any health care setting," said Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., AHRQ director. “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.”
See the complete list of project part of the HHS AHRQ $34 million in funding.