AHRQ Awards $34M to Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections

HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded $34 million in grants and contracts to hospitals, academic medical institutions and healthcare research organizations to expand the fight against healthcare-associated infections.

These awards go toward new or ongoing projects to develop, test and spread the use of new modules of the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program, a proven method to prevent and reduce healthcare-associated infections. Since 2008, AHRQ has been promoting the nationwide adoption of CUSP to reduce central line-associated blood stream infections.


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The new modules target three additional infections: catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia. Healthcare organizations that have been awarded grants include Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

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