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Hospital superbugs kill 48,000 patients a year

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Datum: 04.06.2010 03:47
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Hospital superbugs kill 48,000 patients a year
Researchers found that people who come down with pneumonia after
surgery remain in the hospital an extra two weeks at an additional
cost of $46,000 per person for treatment

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Thursday, March 25, 2010 by: S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) A new study just published in the Archives of Internal
Medicine shows that an alarming number of Americans are dying in the
hospital from two infectious diseases: sepsis (also known as systemic
inflammatory response syndrome, it causes widespread inflammation and
blood clotting and can lead to organ failure and death) and pneumonia.
But the victims of these health problems weren't originally
hospitalized because of these illnesses. Instead, they were in the
hospital for other reasons. In fact, some were healthy and simply
having an elective procedure. Yet they ended up dead.

The reason? These unfortunate patients became fatally ill from
hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) caused primarily by both the rise
of antibiotic resistant superbugs and downright sloppy infection
control by hospital medical staff.

Researchers with Extending the Cure (a project examining antibiotic
resistance based at the Washington, D.C., think-tank Resources for the
Future) conducted the largest nationally representative study to date
to document the human and economic toll taken by two hospital-acquired
infections that should be preventable, sepsis and pneumonia. Both
conditions are caused by an array of pathogens, including the
dangerous superbug dubbed Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
(MRSA), a bacterial infection that has become highly resistant to many
antibiotics. The researchers found that these germs are frequently
being spread by sloppy infection control in hospitals.

The infections can result in longer hospital stays, serious
complications and death. What's more, in 2006 alone they caused health
care costs to soar by $8.1 billion and took the lives of 48,000
people, according to the new study.

"In many cases, these conditions could have been avoided with better
infection control in hospitals," Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D.,
principal investigator for the study said in a press statement.
"Infections that are acquired during the course of a hospital stay
cost the United States a staggering amount in terms of lives lost and
health care costs. Hospitals and other health care providers must act
now to protect patients from this growing menace."

Dr. Laxminarayan and his research team investigated 69 million
discharge records from hospitals in 40 states and identified
infections that developed after hospitalization. They scrutinized
infections that are often preventable, including sepsis caused by a
lapse in sterile technique during surgery. Not only do people who
develop sepsis after surgery end up hospitalized an additional 11 days
on average at an extra cost per person of about $33,000 for treatment,
nearly 20 percent of them die as a result of the infection.

HAI pneumonia develops if a disease-causing microbe gets into the
lungs -- such as when a dirty, germ-laden ventilator tube is used. The
researchers found that people who come down with pneumonia after
surgery remain in the hospital an extra two weeks at an additional
cost of $46,000 per person for treatment. Moreover, in 11 percent of
the cases, the patients die as a result of the HAI pneumonia

"That's the tragedy of such cases. In some cases, relatively healthy
people check into the hospital for routine surgery. They develop
sepsis because of a lapse in infection control -- and they can die,"
Anup Malani, Ph.D., a study co-author, investigator at Extending the
Cure, and professor at the University of Chicago, noted in a statement
to the media.

According to the researchers, HAIs can be especially dangerous because
they are often caused by bacteria that defy treatment with commonly
used antibiotics. "These superbugs are increasingly difficult to treat
and, in some cases, trigger infections that ultimately cause the
body's organs to shut down," said Dr. Malani. "The nation urgently
needs a comprehensive approach to reduce the risk posed by these
deadly infections. Improving infection control is a clear way to both
improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs."

As NaturalNews has previously reported, superbug infections are on the
rise. For example, MRSA infections increased over 300 percent in US
neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in less than ten years (http://
www.naturalnews.com/026587_i...). And a Henry Ford Hospital study
revealed that MRSA superbugs are now five times more deadly than
previously-seen strains of the superbug


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