Bad Hofgastein - In Europe's hospitals, 80,000 patients every day and around 3.2 million people every year are affected by at least one hospital infection. This is the result of study that has now been presented at the European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG). Around 1,000 hospitals from all 28 EU member states plus Norway and Iceland took part in the Europe-wide survey.
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"The focus of the hospital germs is on is major public health problem and threatens patient safety in Europe, ”said Marc Sprenger, Director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control () at the EHFG. According to the study, intensive care units are the departments at greatest risk for hospital infections. On average in Europe, 19.5 percent of all intensive care patients suffer from at least one nosocomial infection, most frequently those of the respiratory tract and bloodstream. which should also include the monitoring of infections, ”said Sprenger. Such programs and the careful use of antibiotics could help everyone involved to protect patients in Europe's hospitals.
In hospitals acquired, so-called nosocomial infections have generated great public interest in recent years. Public reporting is rarely characterized by detailed knowledge. The representation - often of dramatic individual fates - determines the patient's and often also the political opinion.
"Protecting hospital patients from nosocomial infections is joint task - decision-makers, hospital managers and the responsible bodies at European and national level, as well as the patients themselves, must work together in this shared responsibility, "said the ECDC director.
At the same time, he warned against false trivialization of hospital germs:" Even if some While these infections can easily be treated, many others pose serious attack on human health. ”