With hospital-acquired infections affecting 5 to 10 percent of patients, New York is giving more than $1.2 million to hospitals for projects to tackle the issue. Each year, hospital patients across the country contract an estimated 1.7 infections, resulting in some 99,000 deaths, according to state Health Commissioner Richard Daines.
Prevention efforts will target some of the most dangerous hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA, which is caused by a staph infection; Clostridium difficile, which causes intestinal problems; bloodstream infections; and ventilator-associated pneumonias.
TheÂ Healthcare Association of New York State, which representsÂ more than 200Â hospitals statewide, is receiving $105,023, and the Greater New York Hospital Association is gettingÂ $174,860.
AmongÂ the individual hospitals that are being funded are:
— University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, $192,573, to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections outside the intensive care unit.
— Westchester County Healthcare Corp., Valhalla,Â $199,991, to reduce hospital-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care andÂ respiratory-care patients. TheÂ infections have been found toÂ extend the length of stay and increase costs by up to $40,000 per survivor.
Each applicant had to get collaboration of at least five hospitals to be eligible for the funds.