VA Funds Two New Antimicrobial Resistance and HAI Prevention Programs
|Dr. Nasia Safdar|
It is this gap between efficacy and effectiveness that VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) seeks to fill. QUERI's mission is to "improve the health of Veterans by supporting the more rapid implementation of effective clinical practices into routine care." And it is the goal of QUERI investigators to "ask crucial questions regarding the intended and unintended impacts of implementing new treatments or programs – and the best strategies for speeding their adoption into practice."
|Dr. Charlesnika Evans|
The first program titled "Building Implementation Science for VA Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention" is led by Dr. Nasia Safdar in Madison. Dr. Safdar and her team partnered with VA's National Center for Patient Safety to achieve two broad aims. First, they will implement and evaluate an evidence-based intervention - daily chlorhexidine bathing of hospitalized Veterans for prevention of HAI. Second, they will establish a VHIN (VA Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Network) and assess current practices and needs related to HAI prevention. The long-term goal is to utilize the VHIN as a platform for VA facilities seeking to undertake pragmatic implementation science initiatives related to HAI prevention. You can read much more about her program that began in October 2015, here.
|Dr. Michael Rubin|
The next few years promise to be an exciting time for MDRO and HAI prevention in VA and throughout the US as we develop, test and implement new methods to enhance patient safety.