Every year, 4.3 million hospital patients in Europe contract an infection during their hospital stay

Every year, 4.3 million hospital patients in Europe contract an infection during their hospital stay
Every year, 4.3 million hospital patients in Europe contract an infection during their hospital stay

Respiratory tract infections make up nearly a third of nosocomial infections. These figures have increased significantly with the Covid-19 crisis. Urinary, blood and gastrointestinal infections come next.

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According to The evening, These trends are confirmed in Belgium where respiratory infections represent 32% of nosocomial infections.

A striking element of the report concerns the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. We can read that one in three microorganisms detected in nosocomial infections are resistant to antibiotics. It is therefore more complicated to treat infected patients.

Around 20% of nosocomial infections could be avoided through prevention measures and infection control. The report details these measures: “Simple measures such as hand hygiene and providing hand sanitizer dispensers at the bedside can significantly reduce the number of HAIs. More complex interventions, such as ensuring adequate numbers of single rooms and specialized PCI staff, also play a crucial role in preventing HAIs. “

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