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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality mission is to improve the safety of health care for all Americans. To support this mission, AHRQ has funded numerous projects to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), infections that patients acquire during the course of receiving treatment for other conditions within a health care setting.
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/hais.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mission is to collaborate to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health – through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. http://www.cdc.gov/hai/

Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent not-for profit-organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations. http://www.ihi.org/about/pages/default.aspx

Improvement Science Research Network is the only National Institutes of Health (NIH)-supported improvement research network. The ISRN’s primary mission is to accelerate interprofessional improvement science in a systems context across multiple hospital sites. http://isrn.net/index.asp

On the Cusp: Stop HAI aims to eliminate central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and their related costs. http://www.onthecuspstophai.org/

Infectious Disease Society of America represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. IDSA’s purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases. http://www.idsociety.org/Index.aspx

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American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
http://www.acep.org/

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/hais.htm

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
http://www.apic.org/

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA)
http://www.ena.org/Pages/default.aspx

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
http://www.shea-online.org/