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High Infection Rates Are a Costly Burden to the NHS

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/04/2014

The "very real threat" of hospital infections has been identified by a government health agency.

According to the report, 1 in 16 people who are treated in an NHS hospital fall ill with some kind of infection. Considering the after effects of catching infections in hospital, this figure is shocking.

The Healthy and the Vulnerable at Risk

The types of infections most rampant are those associated with the healthcare patients receive whilst in hospital, rather than bloodstream infections. Hospital infections such as MRSA, and C-Diff have been reduced across the board. However, other infection rates are too high leaving the healthy and the vulnerable, such as elderly patients and children at risk.

After an invasive procedure you become more susceptible to infections because the wound is exposed. Some of the most common infections experienced by patients are those that affect the chest, urinary tract and surgical sites.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued new guidelines advising healthcare workers that use medical equipment hygienically and clean their hands thoroughly.

Professor Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive and director of health and social care at NICE said, "infections are a costly and avoidable burden. They hinder a patient's recovery."

Hospital Infections Change Lives for the Worst

Infections such as these are completely preventable and can have a long term effect on the lives of patients who suffer them. Simple hand washing should be observed between every patient.

Professor Leng is also encouraging patients to be proactive about their care and ask nurses and doctors if they have washed their hands before treating them. Although in an ideal world patients would ask questions such as these, the majority of patients might not as they would rightly assume this had already been done.

Rates of C-Diff and MRSA have fell five fold and eighteen fold respectively, now it's time for hospitals to concentrate on the everyday bugs that blight their patients.

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