AHRQ recruiting surgical services teams for 2023 Safety Program

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the HHS, is recruiting surgical services teams to participate in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for MRSA Prevention, a free 18-month program that seeks to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), with a focus on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

AHRQ is looking for hospital-based surgical services for the following specialties and procedures:
• Cardiac (cardiac valve replacement, coronary artery bypass graft, surgeries that involve a median sternotomy)
• Neurosurgical (spinal fusions)
• Orthopedic (hip and knee joint replacement)
• Orthopedic (spinal fusions)

Beginning in January 2023, this program combines evidence-based guidance with implementation strategies to address the attitudes, beliefs, culture, and barriers that often pose challenges to optimizing infection prevention practices. Participation in this AHRQ program will provide surgical services teams with technical assistance, coaching, webinars, and tools to support their infection prevention program. Continuing education credits will be offered at no charge for participants.

Below are informational webinars to learn more about the program:

  • December 20, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET: REGISTER
  • January 4, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. ET: REGISTER
  • January 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET: REGISTER

If you cannot attend a live webinar, a webinar recording is available to view at your convenience.

For more details on this program and to find out if you qualify to participate, visit https://safetyprogram4mrsaprevention.org/

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