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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:00 AM
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Radiocast: New National Initiative to Fight Health Care-Associated Infections

Narrator: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. Each year, nearly two million hospital patients in the U.S. develop potentially deadly infections from bacteria like MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staph aureus. Health and Human Services has awarded $17 million to fund several new projects to eliminate health care-associated infections. Dr. Bill Munier, director for the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, explains:

Dr. Munier: Data show the number of MRSA-associated hospital stays has more than tripled since the year 2000. That’s why the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has collaborated with the CDC and other federal agencies to identify high-priority projects aimed at reducing the rate of health care-associated infections, including MRSA and other serious types of infections. Funding these projects will help make health care safer for all Americans.

Narrator: Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Rand Gardner for Healthcare 411.
 


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