Hospital Infections at an All-Time High

by on January 20, 2012

The National Health Service Norfolk and Norwic...

Figures appear to show a dramatic rise in hospital-acquired infections over the last two years. According to the UK Daily Mail, annual deaths have doubled over this period from 22,002 to 42,000. Most of the victims are elderly -the average age is 76; of course, the elderly are going to have lower resistance to infections in general.

While there has been some success in dealing with the spread of “superbugs”, such as MRSA, the rise is more from the effects of more commonplace infections, such as E. coli.

This just goes to confirm that, especially if you are elderly, it’s healthier staying out of the hospital if you possibly can.

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