We are living through the golden age of medical discovery, when innovations are conquering cancer, immune deficiencies, heart disease and other illnesses. But sick patients cannot access any of these breakthrough therapies if infection makes going into the hospital too risky. That’s why RID’s work is so important.

All the benefits of medical science — from joint replacement to chemotherapy, depend on being able to prevent infection. 

RID educates patients on the precautions they can take to reduce their risk and brings the best research to hospital decision makers on what they can do to shield patients from infection risk. 

RID has a 15 year track record of success. 

In 2004, not one state required hospitals to disclose their infection rates. Now 37 states do. If you have to be hospitalized, you should be able to find out which hospital nearby is safest. 

The hand sanitizers you see installed on walls throughout hospitals are a clear sign of RID’s impact. 

RID convinced Medicare officials to stop reimbursing hospitals for treating hospital-caused infections and barred hospitals from charging the patient — a major incentive for hospitals to get serious about preventing infection. 

RID does all of this on a shoestring budget –less than $400,000 a year. Our track record proves that money donated to RID is spent wisely, not wasted. 

This year has been the most successful in our history. because we’ve reached the largest number of patients and caregivers. RID is bringing is lifesaving infection-prevention guidelines to ambulatory surgical centers, where more than half of all surgeries are performed, and to post-acute facilities, where patients go for extended care after leaving a hospital. 

RID has only one goal: to save lives.

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