Engineering Safe Healthcare: Why CDC Needs Business Partnerships

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The Sally Schieffelin Potter Endowment for Healthcare-Associated Infections

Safe HeathcareEvery day, about one in every 20 hospitalized patients has an infection caused by receiving medical care. Healthcare-associated infections are caused by a wide variety of bacteria, fungi and viruses, and one in every five healthcare-associated infections are caused by germs that show concerning multidrug resistance. Although many of these infections are preventable, tens of thousands of people die each year as a result, and countless others are left to deal with devastating emotional, financial and medical consequences. These infections cost the U.S. healthcare system up to $45 billion dollars annually.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections in all medical care settings. CDC is passionate about improving the safety of our nation’s healthcare system, but they cannot do it alone. The CDC Foundation and CDC need the help of businesses globally to bring innovations to patient safety that ensures our healthcare system is fail-proof. There are five key areas where CDC is helping healthcare facilities, doctors and nurses provide safer care for patients, providing better options for healthcare purchasers and saving healthcare dollars. These include:
 

  • Tracking infections in more than 12,000 healthcare facilities to know where the problems are and better target prevention efforts through CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network;
  • Publishing evidenced-based guidelines that can prevent infections in the first place;
  • Leading novel research to find new strategies to protect patients and help innovators bring new products forward that improve healthcare;
  • Stopping outbreaks and sounding the alarm on emerging threats; and
  • Operating a world-class laboratory that can track drug-resistant threats and evaluate the role of the healthcare environment in infection transmission.

CDCPreventing infections saves lives. There are a variety of innovative business strategies that could help boost CDC’s infection prevention challenges and address emerging threats.

The Sally Schieffelin Potter Endowment for Healthcare-Associated Infections was created to provide financial support to the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion who is working to protect patients wherever they receive their medical care.

In 2013, the Sally Schieffelin Potter Endowment for Healthcare-Associated Infections was used to provide educational materials for healthcare workers and dialysis patients in the nearly 6,000 dialysis facilities in the United States. Each year, about 37,000 bloodstream infections affect kidney dialysis patients with central lines. Following CDC protocols could cut bloodstream infections among dialysis patients in half.

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The Sally Schieffelin Potter Endowment for Healthc
United States of America
To provide support to CDC, working toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections in all medical care settings.
Multiple individuals and organizations; Previous Partner: The Sally Schieffein Potter Endowment
CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Management

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Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Management
United States of America
To respond to an unprecedented outbreak of central nervous system, joint and osseous mold infections that have been observed, beginning in August of 2012, among hundreds of patients who received contaminated methylprednisolone injections. This project will collect long-term follow-up data on diagnosis and appropriate treatment of fungal meningitis and other fungal infections associated with this outbreak in order to fully understand and track the burden of these infections.
Springer Science+Business Media LLC
CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Infectious Zoonotic Diseases

Unsafe Injections Put Patients at Risk of Serious Illness

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Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients

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Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Setting

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Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Setting
United States of America
To develop a series of health communications aimed at increasing awareness among physicians of CDC's goals of preventing the spread of antimicrobial resistance. The goal of this initiative is to develop an integrated program to prevent emergence and spread of antimicrobial-resistant infections among patients in healthcare settings.
BD (Beckton, Dickinson and Company); Cubist Pharmaceuticals (now Merck); Kimberly-Clark USA; Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.; Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.; Premier, Inc.; University of Alabama at Birmingham; Vermont Oxford Network, Inc.; Wellpoint Foundation
CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

Safe Injection Practices Coalition

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Safe Injection Practices Coalition
District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, Virginia, USA
United States of America
To promote safe injection practices in all U.S. healthcare settings, the Safe Injection Practices Coalition is a partnership of healthcare-related organizations, patient advocacy organizations, industry partners and other public health partners, led by CDC. The Coalition has developed the One & Only Campaign – a public health education and awareness campaign aimed at both healthcare providers and patients to advance and promote safe injection practices.
Eli Lilly and Company
CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases; Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC); American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA); Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC); American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM); Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO); Eli Lilly and Company; HONOReform Foundation; Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP); National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO); Premier Safety Institute; Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates (SGNA); The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA); U.S. Food and Drug Administration – Safe Use Initiative (Advisor)
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