EUROPE BATTLES WITH HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTIONS

By Thamanna Hussain

Not only are they a wide threat to the U.S, but hospital-acquired infections are a major public health problem to European patients as well. A recent survey by the European Centre for Diseases Prevention and Control (ECDC) found that one in 18 patients in European hospitals have at least one hospital-acquired infection. This means three million Europeans are being threatened by infections in hospitals annually. Sadly, many of these are cases preventable.

Last year, the ECDC gave out warnings that doctors are increasingly turning to last-minute antibiotics due to growing drug-resistant superbug infections acquired in European hospitals. Although these infections are harming several patients, the ECDC said that well though-out and sustained programs could prevent further infections.

Hospitals are also recommended to step up the fight against these superbug infections by using multi-pronged prevention programs.

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