CareFusion Foundation Announces Clinical Excellence Grant Recipients

     CareFusion Foundation Announces Clinical Excellence Grant Recipients

More than $500,000 awarded to help hospitals improve infection prevention

PR Newswire

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2013

SAN DIEGO, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The CareFusion Foundation today
announced the recipients of more than $500,000 in grant funding to help
develop and share infection prevention best practices. Grants of up to $50,000
were awarded to 11 U.S.  nonprofit health care institutions as part of the
Foundation's inaugural Clinical Excellence Grant Program.

"Infection prevention is a critical concern among hospitals today," said Dr.
Carlos Nunez, Chief Medical Officer for CareFusion. "We're pleased to help
fund new and innovative programs to address infection prevention and support
organizations that are prioritizing efforts to reduce health care associated
infections and improve patient care."

Programs selected to receive grant funding in 2013 include:

  oBaton Rouge General Medical Center, Baton Rouge, La.
    Expanding antimicrobial stewardship through the use of rapid diagnostics
  oBoston Medical Center, Boston
    Preventing post-operative pulmonary complications: ICOUGH education
  oChildren's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
    Implementation of standardized infection prevention protocol to eliminate
    surgical infections in pediatric patients undergoing posterior spinal
    fusion for scoliosis
  oThe Cleveland VA Medical Research & Education Foundation, Cleveland
    Monitoring and feedback intervention to improve the quality of
    preoperative bathing
  oNYU Langone Medical Center, New York
    The effects of antibiotic stewardship on surgical site infection rates at
    an orthopedic institution
  oPenn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Penn.
    Prospective evaluation of procedural povidone iodine rectal preparation
    (PIRP) to reduce infectious complications following ultrasound guided
    prostate needle biopsy
  oRML Specialty Hospital, Hinsdale, Ill.
    The impact of managing clutter on infection rates in a long-term acute
    care hospital
  oSharp Healthcare Foundation, San Diego
    "It's OK to Ask" hand hygiene education and awareness program
  oSt. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, N.Y.
    Collaborative pilot program to reduce C. difficile rates in a long-term
    care environment
  oUniversity of Colorado Hospital, Aurora, Colo.
    Determining high-touch areas in the operating room with levels of
  oWayne State University Hospital, Detroit
    Automating surveillance for ventilator associated events

Programs selected for funding will address a range of infection prevention
practices including patient and staff education, hand and environmental
hygiene, skin preparation and clinical studies to establish tracking and
prevention models for some of the most common health care associated
infections (HAIs).

The 2013 Clinical Excellence Grant program is designed to help organizations
implement programs to measurably improve infection prevention practices in a
health care setting or provide patient education and outreach related to
infection prevention. To be eligible for grant funding—a one-time endowment of
up to $50,000 per organization—U.S.-based nonprofit health care institutions
were invited to submit a written proposal detailing their program plan and
expected results. Preference was given to evidence-based programs with
potential to serve as best practice models for reducing HAIs.

Established in 2009, the CareFusion Foundation provides grant opportunities
for U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organizations working to achieve clinical excellence
and establish best practices in health care safety and efficiency. The
CareFusion Foundation also supports CareFusion employees' efforts to give back
through volunteerism and charitable giving. For more information, visit

About the CareFusion Foundation
Established in 2009, the CareFusion Foundation exists to create and support
opportunities to improve the safety and cost of health care for generations to
come. The Foundation also supports non-profit organizations that improve the
wellness of communities where CareFusion employees live and work. More
information may be found at

About CareFusion
CareFusion (NYSE: CFN) is a global corporation serving the health care
industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve the
safety and quality of care. The company develops industry-leading technologies
including Alaris^® infusion pumps, Pyxis^® automated dispensing and patient
identification systems, AVEA^®, AirLife^® and LTV® series ventilation and
respiratory products, ChloraPrep^® products, MedMined^® services for data
mining surveillance, V. Mueller^® surgical instruments, and an extensive line
of products that support interventional medicine. CareFusion employs more than
15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at

SOURCE CareFusion Foundation

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