Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.
The proposed $200 million in funds would:
- Expand HAI and antibiotic resistance prevention efforts from 25 states to 50 states, six large cities, and Puerto Rico;
- Sustain an Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network of up to seven AR Regional Labs to serve as a national resource for cutting-edge lab support to states and characterize emerging resistance;
- Implement antibiotic stewardship programs that align with CDC's Core Elements for Antibiotic Stewardship in inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care settings;
- Drive innovation throuh the CDC's Prevention EpiCenters network collaboration with academic research centers conducting applied research on interventions for infection prevention;
- Incorporate NHSN antibiotic use data to improve prescribing practices.