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Professor Jeannie Cimiotti heads NIH study funded at $1.2 million

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School of Nursing researchers have received a three-year, $1.2 million R01 grant to study if nursing resources have an impact on hospital-acquired infections.

The award, Nursing Resources and Health Care-Associated Infections: Measures of Hospital Performance, comes from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Led by principal investigator and Associate Professor Jeannie P. Cimiotti PhD RN FAAN, the study centers on preventing health care-associated infections (HAIs) in acute care hospitals. Due to the lack of focus on improving hospital-wide nurse work environments as recommended by the National Academy of Medicine, HAIs remain common, risking patient lives, adding to health care costs, and contributing to the major public health problem of antibiotic-resistant infections.

The primary aim of the study is to determine whether nursing resources such as work environments and other modifiable features such as nurse staffing, skill mix, workforce stability, and education are associated with HAIs.

“We have a goal of identifying promising hospital-level strategies to facilitate infection reduction and identifying actionable recommendations with promise for reducing HAIs,” says Cimiotti. “This grant will allow us the opportunity to potentially save lives from entirely preventable infections.”

Cimiotti has served as a member of AHRQ’s Safety Program for ICUs. As an internationally known health services researcher, her expertise addresses nurse workforce issues and quality of patient care. Through her research she has examined a variety of provider outcomes such as job dissatisfaction and burnout, along with patient outcomes such as hospital-acquired infections and other infection-related issues.

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