Dangers due to poor hygiene in clinics

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Hospitals should be checked more strictly

In German hospitals there are up to 225,000 wound infections with up to 15,000 deaths per year after operations. Poor hygiene is one of the greatest dangers. This should now be countered with better quality assurance.

Counteracting the high risk of infection in clinics According to the health authorities, up to 600,000 people in Germany suffer from an infection with the so-called hospital germs during a stay in the clinic. Although there are up to 225,000 wound infections per year after surgery, the hygiene regulations should be strictly implemented not only in the operating room, but also during the rounds, wound inspections and the hospital as a whole. According to ongoing criticism, the more than 2,000 hospitals in Germany will have to provide more comprehensive information on hygiene in the future. To this end, the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) of health insurance companies, doctors and clinics has now adopted new rules for the mandatory quality reports of hospitals. Among other things, more differentiated information on the employed hygiene specialists will be required in the future. Because infections that patients get in the clinic are at great risk, more efforts must be made to reduce this problem. For this reason, reports with information on treatment success and problems will have to be submitted annually instead of every two years. The head of the Center for Health Economics (University of Hamburg), Jonas Schreyögg, said however: "Overall, self-disclosure - and the quality reports consist primarily of self-disclosure - should be viewed critically."

Objective control body would make sense For some of the reports, it would be better to have the cash register data evaluated by an objective third party, such as the Stiftung Warentest or the consumer protection center, and then prepare it for each clinic. This would relieve the hospitals of bureaucracy and give patients a good basis for making their decisions. Schreyögg also said that such data are more meaningful for many clinical pictures. Hospitals have been obliged to publish their quality reports regularly since 2005. This data can then be evaluated by the health insurance companies and recommendations made for insured persons. With its new decision, the G-BA also made it clear that hospitals that provide services at different locations must now submit a report for each individual branch. (sb)

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