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Improving patient safety in Europe
EC contribution
: € 1.006.916
: 36 months
Starting date
: 01/01/2005
Funding scheme
: Grant Agreement
: -
Contract/Grant agreement number
: 2004216
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Considerable efforts have been made to date to harmonise data on nosocomial infections (NI) and antibiotic resistance (AR) in Europe. As a result, large variability in preventive practices and outcomes across countries has become evident. Based on this experience, the IPSE project aimed at resolving these persisting differences through the following approaches:

  • providing health services with timely information, evidence-based guidelines and educational tools to manage effectively the risk of NI and AR;
  • strengthening the status of professionals involved in infection control activities;
  • fostering the control of the emergence and spread of multiple resistant organisms in the intensive care unit (ICU) through an integrated surveillance programme;
  • monitoring the level of achievement of the NI and AR control programmes.

To achieve these aims, an extended partnership has been created, including the European Union (EU), the World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Society for Clinical Microbiology (ESCMID), some major public health institutes and EU-supported networks. The project also addresses challenges facing the EU at this moment, such as the creation of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), development and production of health indicators and emerging concerns regarding patient mobility and quality/safety of healthcare.

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