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Background

Beginning in 1997, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the Prevention Epicenters Program, which works to implement innovative strategies to improve healthcare quality and patient safety. The program works with a network of academic medical centers to address scientific questions regarding prevention of healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic resistance, microbiome health, and other healthcare-associated adverse events.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Of the many areas of study for each epicenter, some of the noteworthy areas are: managing antibiotic stewardship, prevention of surgical site infections, minimizing risk during process of taking off personal protective equipment, the optimal cleaning of hospital environment, developing and testing methods for effective healthcare worker training, determine alternative approaches to improve compliance with glove use and hand hygiene during patient care, MRSA colonization, infection, and transmission in households, and the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of C. Difficile.

Most recently, in 2016, the CDC awarded $26 million in grants to support the Prevention Epicenters Program. This allowed for five academic medical centers to play a part in this patient safety effort.

Where does SHEA stand?

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America urges Congress to increase top-line funding for the CDC to ensure the ensure the sustainability of the Prevention Epicenters Program. These centers hold an integral role in research in best practices to prevent transmission of healthcare associated infections and preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Funding for the Prevention Epicenters represents some of the most concentrated research funding dedicated to patient safety that will lead to the transformation of the delivery of healthcare saving money in the US healthcare system and improving outcomes for patients wherever healthcare is delivered.

How can I get involved?

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