South Carolina has received $1.14 million in federal funds to increase safety of patients and health care workers in health care settings.
The funding is part of a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative aimed at helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in health care facilities nationwide, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The $180 million program, called Project Firstline, features training for staff in hospitals, outpatient clinics, dialysis centers, nursing homes, and other facilities.
“This will greatly increase our capacity across the state to respond to COVID-19 and other infections in healthcare settings,” Dr. Abdoulaye Diedhiou, director of DHEC’s Division of Acute Disease Epidemiology, said in the release.
Project Firstline includes short training modules, townhall discussions, and tele-mentoring.
“We have highly skilled, dedicated infection preventionists at DHEC and at our healthcare facilities who are doing great work, but we need more capacity and expanded training,” Diedhiou said. “The point is to increase the amount of education, awareness, and expertise necessary to make sure healthcare workers and patients know what to do to prevent infections and keep themselves healthy.”p