Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Grant from the CDC

In an effort to prevent infections and improve patient safety in hospitals and other healthcare settings, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has awarded $26 million to be allocated to five academic medical centers that are part of a collective patient safety effort known as Prevention Epicenters. The money, which is twice the amount of previous awards, will be used to research, develop, and test new ways to prevent and fight infections.

The medical centers that are part of the Prevention Epicenters include:

  • Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter at Rush University Medical Center and Cool County Health and Hospitals System
  • Duke University and the University of North Carolina
  • The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and University of California, Irvine
  • The University of Pennsylvania
  • Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and BJC Healthcare Prevention Epicenter

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the spread of dangerous bacteria are the issues the Prevention Epicenters will be focusing on, including the following examples:

  • Examine the role of environmental and personal microbiomes, and how they may be able to help predict which patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) are more likely to be infected with an antibiotic-resistant germ.
  • Looking into how antibiotics can throw the gut microbiome out of balance, increasing the patients’ risk for infections.
  • Testing strategies that take a regional approach, rather than a single-facility approach to preventing infections. This will include tracking the transmission of antibiotic resistant germs like carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
  • Determine the most effective ways to protect patients’ skin in order to prevent serious infection in the ICU.
  • Provide automatic detection of outbreaks from Lab data.

Funding for the Prevention Epicenters, which is part of the CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, will begin immediately and continue through 2020. The Prevention Epicenters will play an important role in helping to slow the progress of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant strains.

Prevention to Reduce Infections and Keep Patients Safe

In the U.S., approximately one in 25 hospital patients is diagnosed with an infection while being treated for a separate condition. These infections often become even more serious than the condition they were initially being treated for, and can lead to sepsis, or in extreme cases, a wrongful death.

The Prevention Epicenters have been discovering and developing innovative methods of infection control and prevention for close to 20 years, including the following, which will impact the quality of healthcare and public health:

  • Developing prevention programs for patients in long-term acute care facilities that help reduce CRE Bloodstream infection by 56 percent.
  • Reduce the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and other bloodstream infections, by more than 40 percent in ICU patients. Methods include the use of antiseptic baths and nasal decolonization.
  • Allowing ICU patients to be taken off ventilator support earlier, in an effort to help them recover faster, and reducing their risk of infection, as well as lowering their medical costs.

The grant is an example of the CDC’s ongoing collaborative effort towards raising the bar in infection control and patient safety, according to John A. Jerdigan, M.D., M.S., director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation at the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Fight for Victims of Medical Negligence

If you have become ill after being exposed to harmful bacteria while in the hospital, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have the experience necessary to secure the best possible financial compensation for your injuries. Protecting your rights throughout the process is our top priority. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.

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