Hospital germs in the Aschaffenburg Clinic

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Three patients infected with antibiotic resistant germs

The reports of hospital infections with dangerous multi-resistant pathogens do not stop. In the intensive care unit of the Aschaffenburg Clinic, three patients are currently infected with antibiotics-resistant hospital germs.

After the deaths of three premature babies in the Bremen-Mitte clinic as a result of an infection with multi-resistant pathogens spread throughout the media last week, several infections with antibiotic-resistant germs have also been reported from the Aschaffenburg Clinic. Two men and a woman between the ages of 60 and 70 were infected with the dangerous pathogens in the intensive care unit. The clinic manager Katrin Reiser reported to the news agency "dapd" on Tuesday that the clinic has taken extensive precautionary measures to prevent the spread of multi-resistant hospital germs.

Multi-resistant hospital germs block the intensive care unit. The affected patients were immediately isolated and the intensive care unit was thoroughly disinfected, explained the managing director of the clinic. An admission stop for the intensive care unit was also granted. Doctors, nurses and visitors may only enter the intensive care unit with disposable protective clothing. In view of their severe previous illnesses, the infection was particularly threatening for the three affected patients, but there was currently no reason to assume that the multi-resistant pathogens would continue to spread in the Aschaffenburg clinic. There is no risk for the other hospital patients, says the clinic managing director Katrin Reiser. However, the infection with the hospital germs, which were first detected at the end of last week, is a health risk that should not be underestimated for the already immunocompromised, infected patients, since the pathogens can trigger pneumonia or serious wound infections, for example. However, no further infection occurred after the "necessary hygienic measures required", "Reiser emphasized.

The risk of hospital infections should not be underestimated For years, the German Society for Hospital Hygiene (DGKH) has been warning against the risks of a so-called hospital infection during hospital stays. The growing spread of often multi-resistant hospital germs has the consequence that around 30,000 people suffer a fatal infection each year as part of hospital treatment, according to the DGKH. More than 600,000 people are infected with the dangerous hospital germs every year. The hygiene expert Klaus-Dieter Zastrow from the DGKH even assumes that around “18 million patients in Germany at least four percent, ie 720,000 people, get infected with germs in the hospital” every year. Despite the frightening numbers, no uniform procedure for reducing hospital infections has yet been established. For example, some federal states have a so-called hygiene ordinance that clearly prescribes what measures should be taken for hospitals; in other federal states this is still lacking today. Not every clinic in Germany has adequate hygiene management, because hiring a hospital hygienist is only mandatory from a size of 400 beds. In addition, the often frivolous use of antibiotics in numerous German clinics is still extremely controversial and, according to the experts, contributes to the increased occurrence of multi-resistant hospital germs. (fp)

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