Duke Medicine was recently awarded a 4 year, $11 million grant from the CDC to study healthcare related infections (e.g. catheter-associated urinary tract infections and ventilator-associated pneumonia) and antibiotic resistance as part of their Prevention Epicenters Program. These infections impact approximately 2 million patients each year, at an estimated cost of over $30 billion. Duke will use this grant to build on research identifying the best steps for prevention and the risk factors that lead to healthcare-associated infection. The grant will also fund several collaborative studies with other Epic community members like Washington University in St. Louis and University of Pennsylvania.
Duke will translate their findings into standardized workflows and tools within Epic aiming to “improve outcomes for patients – reducing the rate of healthcare-associated infections and minimizing the costs associated with [these] infections.”
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