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CDC, Cook County and Rush collaborate to research and prevent hospital infections
Date:3/18/2011

CHICAGO The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is awarding researchers at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System and Rush University Medical Center a $2 million grant to continue a successful program aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic resistance, and other adverse events associated with healthcare. The project, dubbed the Chicago Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Epicenter (CARPE), is one of only five CDC Prevention Epicenters in the country.

Rush and Cook County were chosen to participate in the program because the two institutions have a long standing collaboration and legacy of research innovation in antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention by internationally known infectious disease experts.

CDC estimates that one out of 20 hospitalized patients will acquire an infection while receiving health care treatment for other conditions. Healthcare-associated infections cause significant death and illness among patients treated in U.S. healthcare institutions and add billions of dollars to healthcare costs. With the emergence of drug-resistant infections and new pathogens in health care settings, new strategies to detect and reduce health care-associated infections become even more critical.

"Dr. Robert Weinstein and his colleagues at Cook County and Rush University have been pioneers in preventing infections caused by medical devices and by antimicrobial-resistant organisms. CDC looks forward to continuing our research partnership together and hope to build upon some of their prior groundbreaking work," said Dr. John Jernigan, director of CDC's Office of HAI Prevention Research and Evaluation.

The CARPE program was established in 2006 to facilitate partnership between Rush, Cook County, the CDC and other academic institutions to conduct research designed to fill knowledge gaps that are most important from a public health perspective. Because the inves
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Contact: Deb Song
deb_song@rush.edu
312-942-0588
Rush University Medical Center
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