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

tigators work together as a group, there is an emphasis on multicenter collaborative research projects, many of which would not be possible for a single academic center.

"Funding from the federal CDC will be instrumental as we begin a region-wide multi-facility approach --more coordinated surveillance, better communication between healthcare facilities, and improved hygiene and cleaning -- to control the spread of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. The health of our patients and the control of escalating healthcare costs make this far-reaching plan essential," said principal investigator Dr. Robert Weinstein, chairman of the Department of Medicine at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and professor of medicine at Rush Medical College.

CARPE researchers are involved in numerous studies, including evaluating the effectiveness of state-mandated screening of intensive care unit patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and investigating patient cleansing methods to lower the risk of antimicrobial resistant pathogens, including MRSA and carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE or KPC).

"Rush University Medical Center and the Cook County Health & Hospitals System have a longstanding, collaborative infection prevention research partnership. This grant will allow us to broaden the scope of our investigations into the most effective ways to prevent healthcare-associated infections," said investigator Dr. Mary Hayden, associate professor of medicine, infectious diseases and pathology at Rush University Medical Center.

The CARPE program has developed a clinical data warehouse using data from the electronic health records from affiliated hospitals, laboratories, and ambulatory clinics to track healthcare-associated bloodstream infections, monitor the prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, such as MRSA, and assess antibiotic use.

Using these data, researchers are benchmarking bacteria
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Contact: Deb Song
deb_song@rush.edu
312-942-0588
Rush University Medical Center
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