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

l resistance and antibiotic use in order to develop practice guidelines and policies to control the use of antibiotics that may be contributing to resistant pathogens. Researchers are also collaborating with Ohio State University and Washington University in St. Louis to use electronic surveillance to study central vascular catheter blood stream infections.

Innovations developed for the CARPE data warehouse are being used as the basis for a Chicago citywide effort to implement electronic laboratory reporting of communicable diseases. The warehouse is helping to provide mechanisms for automated surveillance in CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network and will facilitate rapid detection and automated surveillance of infectious diseases as part of the Epicenter's quality improvement initiatives.

"Discoveries through the CDC Prevention Epicenter program have had great impact on decreasing healthcare-associated infections, " said CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, M.P.H. "With prevention epicenters, we can expand our current knowledge and save even more lives as we work toward our goal of eliminating healthcare-associated infections."

The CDC names new Prevention Epicenters every five years based on peer-reviewed grant applications. The other institutions selected this year include the Duke University Prevention Epicenter, the Eastern Massachusetts Prevention Epicenter (Harvard Pilgrim Health Care), Southeastern Pennsylvania Adult and Pediatric Prevention Epicenter Network (University of Pennsylvania) and Washington University and BJC Epi-Center for Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections.

The knowledge created through the Prevention Epicenter program has been extremely valuable and has resulted in over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals on a wide variety of topics to prevent hospital acquired infections.

County and Rush have been jointly and continuously funded by the CDC for infection control research over the pa
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Contact: Deb Song
deb_song@rush.edu
312-942-0588
Rush University Medical Center
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