Treating Infections in Children

Cross-post – originally posted on Albert Einstein College of Medicine

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently awarded Dr. Michael Rinke a three-year $1.3 million grant to study healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in children receiving ambulatory care. Information on HAIs among children in ambulatory settings is scarcer than similar information for children treated in hospital. Dr. Rinke will use the New York City Clinical Data Research Network—a comprehensive repository of healthcare data from five pediatric healthcare systems–to identify incidence rates, risk factors, patient outcomes and costs for three pediatric ambulatory HAIs, along with ways to track them using computerized data. The three HAIs he will track are central line-associated blood stream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infection in ambulatory pediatric patients. The project’s goals are to focus attention on the safety of pediatric ambulatory patients and reduce HAIs among young patients. Dr. Rinke is assistant professor of pediatrics at Einstein, and medical director of pediatric quality and a hospitalist at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.