Director: Eli Perencevich, M.D., M.S.
About the CREATE
Hospital-associated infections (HAI) are a major threat to patient safety. The most significant cause of HAI is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which accounts for an estimated 94,000 invasive infections and 19,000 deaths annually in the US. In response to concerns about MRSA, VA has implemented a comprehensive MRSA prevention plan, but despite rigorous adherence, 13% of Veterans are still colonized with MRSA at the time of admission, which is twice the national average. This CREATE will examine a number of approaches to MRSA prevention and eradication within VA.
Each CREATE works closely with operational partners throughout the VA System. The partners associated with this CREATE include:
Lew Radonovich, M.D., Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control (COHIC) in the Office of Public Health
Gary Roselle, M.D., VHA National Director of the National Infectious Diseases Service (NIDS)
Janet Murphy, M.B.A, Director, VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN-23)