Funding for HAI reduction

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Intravenous news: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) says it applauds Congress and President Obama for acting on the comments of more than 2,000 of its members who urged their representatives to include funding to help eradicate healthcare-association infections (HAIs) in the stimulus package.

APIC members appealed to their Congressional representatives, urging them to include funding for HAI reduction strategies in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The stimulus bill passed the House and Senate on Feb. 13 and was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17.

As part of this $787 billion stimulus package, $1 billion was included to fund prevention and wellness programs with $50 million going to states to implement HAI reduction strategies.

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