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Federal stimulus funds to prevent hospital-acquired infections

September 2, 2009
WASHINGTON — Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it will give $40 million in federal stimulus money to various state health departments to help prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
The money will be used to increase cleaning and disinfection efforts and encourage the use of a federal surveillance system that tracks HAIs, the story stated.
According to the story, Americans get 1.7 million HAIs a year, accounting for 99,000 deaths and a $90 billion increase in health care costs.
The state of Georgia alone is set to receive about $844,000, with $242,000 of that money being delivered this week, the story noted.
Agencies must keep track of federal stimulus dollars and are required to report the number of jobs created or saved by that money, the story added.
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