HRET awarded federal project to reduce infections

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a nearly $3 million, three-year contract to the Health Research and Education Trust (HRET)—an American Hospital Association (AHA) affiliate—to help reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections in hospital ICUs. HRET is partnering with the Johns Hopkins University Quality and Safety Research Group and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality to help 10 yet-to-be-chosen hospitals in each of 10 states put the program into practice. They also plan to develop an educational toolkit and other resources to help hospitals nationwide reduce central-line associated blood stream infections.

HRET Interim President John Combes, M.D., said the project “has great potential to significantly reduce infections on a national level.” The contract was awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Click here for the AHRQ news release .

(SOURCE: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com , October, 1, 2008).