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IDPH getting federal funding to cut infections

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- New funding aims to help the Iowa Department of Public Health prevent and reduce infections.  $880,622 is coming to Iowa from a the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The money will be used over the next two years towards the prevention of two priority areas: Clostridium difficile infection, a bacterium which causes severe diarrhea and is primarily associated with healthcare settings, and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Officials say healthcare-associated infections are infections that patients acquire while seeking medical care or receiving treatment for medical or surgical conditions. HAIs occur in all settings of care, including hospitals and same-day surgical centers, outpatient clinics, and in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. HAIs are associated with a variety of causes, including the use of medical devices, such as catheters and ventilators, complications following a surgical procedure, transmission between patients and healthcare workers, or the result of antibiotic overuse.

"Iowa hospitals have demonstrated the desire to reduce healthcare-associated infections and the willingness to participate in this initiative," said IDPH Director Tom Newton. "Eliminating preventable infections is critical to making healthcare safer for Iowans."

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