The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha received a $2.4-million, three year contract with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to establish a center to help health providers reduce the number of infections patents get at health care facilities. Nebraska Medicine Department of Infection Control and Epidemiology Dr. Mark Rupp says the team will head to facilities across the state to evaluate the status of existing policies.
Dr. Rupp says, “The acute care hospitals that folks are familiar with all have programs in infection prevention but we don’t have as much information and we certainly haven’t have as much resources directed at preventing infections in other settings. In ambulatory surgical centers, nursing homes, dialysis centers, those kinds of places we need a little more “oomph” to help get those infection rates heading in the right direction.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 4% of those hospitalized develop a health care-associated infection that include central line associated bloodstream infections, catheter associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections and those due to multi-drug resistant organisms.
Dr. Rupp says the project will be done as a collaborative and cooperative project with those institutions. This center is not a regulative authority. They will go to the other facilities by invitation to help them do a better job in caring for their patients.