Hospital Infections On The Rise

  • 10 Oct 2017 8:46 AM
Hospital Infections On The Rise
The number of infections of hospital patients is rising, according to the figures of the national health insurance fund NEAK, Napi highlights.

This contradicts the recent statement of under secretary Tamas Szentes who said that the number of hospital infections had been declining.

The number of multi-drug resistant infections is also on the rise, the epidemiology centre OEK reported.

Last year 4,830 cases were reported by hospitals, up from 4,187 cases in 2015 and 3,998 in 2014. This increase, in part, is due to the improper use of antibiotics, OEK underlined.

The number of infections contracted by patients in hospitals is declining regarding a number of infectious strains, Szentes told the state television channel M1 on September 22.

There was an especially large drop in clostridium difficile infections (CDI), he said. He had argued that the decrease might have partially been the result the government hospital protocols issued last year.

Szentes also argued that the risk of infections was increasing in hospitals because an increasing number of seriously ill patients were being kept alive through enhanced technology.

In Hungary the increase in life expectancy is lagging behind regional countries, Napi commented. Concerning CDI, strains of bacteria differ from year to year, causing different magnitudes of infection, and this explains the recent drop in the number of CDI cases, Napi argued.

Source: Hungary Around the Clock

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