UC Irvine Gets Millions To Fund War Against Deadly Hospital-Acquired Infections
UCI and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute are leading a patient safety research program to cut down on the number of hospitalized patients who contract an infection while receiving treatment for other conditions.
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UCI Receives Funds To Fight Hospital Infections
UC Irvine and researchers from Harvard will receive up to $6.7 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their joint work on preventing deadly hospital-acquired infections. UCI and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute lead a patient safety research program, part of a national effort aimed at slowing the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the CDC, about 1 in 25 hospitalized patients contract an infection while receiving treatment for other conditions. (Perkes, 7/12)
In other hospital news —
Berkeley City Council Resolution Would Oppose Alta Bates Hospital Closure
Three members of the Berkeley City Council are backing a resolution to oppose the planned closure of the Alta Bates Medical Center emergency room and inpatient hospital. The full council will vote on the issue at its meeting Tuesday night. Sutter Health, which owns Alta Bates, said last fall that it would close the acute care hospital and emergency department sometime before 2030. That’s when tough California seismic standards kick in. Sutter said it would consolidate emergency and inpatient services at its Oakland Summit Medical Center and make Alta Bates an outpatient hub. (Aliferis, 7/12)