Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)

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Focus: To protect patients and improve healthcare quality in the United States and around the world.

Some key activities:

  • Investigate and respond to emerging infections and adverse events in healthcare facilities, including healthcare-associated infections; drug resistant infections; adverse events from the use or misuse of a drug (like accidental overdoses); blood, organ, and tissue safety; and vaccine safety.
  • Support the enhancement of state infrastructure for elimination of healthcare-associated infections and containing the spread of drug resistance.
  • Develop and disseminate evidence-based guidelines and recommendations to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections, antibiotic resistance, sepsis, and medication errors.
  • Provide healthcare facilities, states, and federal agencies with data for action, including through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the nation’s most widely used healthcare-associated infection tracking system, used by healthcare facilities in all 50 states.
  • Coordinate antibiotic resistance activities at CDC.