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New Grant Program Targets Infection Prevention Best Practices

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 7:36am

(PRNewswire) The CareFusion Foundation has announced the launch of a new $500,000 grant program to help identify and share infection prevention best practices across hospitals and healthcare facilities nationwide. In addition, CareFusion Corp. is launching a virtual I Pledge wall, introduced in observance of International Infection Prevention Week.

The new grant program is the largest ever from the CareFusion Foundation, which was established in 2009. It will award up to $ 500,000 in grants to healthcare organizations to help fund clinical training programs that improve infection prevention practices. The maximum grant for any one recipient will not exceed $50,000. Eligibility requirements and grant applications are available at www.carefusion.com/clinicalexcellence.

The virtual wall, located at www.infectionpreventionpledge.com, is designed to forward the global infection prevention movement. Healthcare professionals and the infection control community are invited to sign the wall and pledge to keep infection prevention initiatives and best practices top of mind when they care for patients. For the first 10,000 healthcare professionals who sign the wall, CareFusion will donate $1 per signature to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

"Healthcare associated infections are one of the most critical issues facing the health care community today, and we have a responsibility to work with our customers and peers to raise awareness and promote infection control best practices," said Cindi Crosby, Ph.D., Microbiology-Health Care Associated Infections and vice president of global medical affairs for CareFusion.

International Infection Prevention Week, which runs through October 20, is an annual event that strives to emphasize the role of infection prevention in improving patient outcomes. To learn more about International Infection Prevention Week, visit http:// iipw.site.apic.org/.

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