ATLANTA — Roughly one out of every 20 hospital patients acquires an infection while seeking treatment for something else, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a special effort to find innovative ways of reducing hospital-associated infections (HAIs), the article noted.
The CDC, as part of its Prevention Epicenter program, has awarded a total of $10 million to five academic medical centers, which will explore new methods of fighting infections in hospitals and clinics, the article stated.
According to the article, the five centers are: the Cook County Health and Hospital System; Duke University; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; University of Pennsylvania; and Washington University in St. Louis.
"The Prevention Epicenter program discovers solutions and refines them so they can work to prevent infections for all health care settings," said John Jernigan, who directs the CDC''s office of Health Care-associated Infection Prevention Research and Evaluation.
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