||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
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.