Nebraska launches program to reduce hospital infections

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska health care experts are developing a program that will help hospitals and other facilities in the state continue reducing infections.

The state Department of Health and Human Services is working with the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine on the $2.4 million, three-year project.

Some of the infectious disease experts who helped treat patients with the Ebola virus in Omaha will help lead the team.

Dr. Mark Rupp said the team will work with facilities across the state to make sure they are employing current guidelines and tools for preventing infection.

Federal officials estimate that roughly 4 percent of Americans who are hospitalized develop an infection.

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