Posted on Feb 19, 2009 | Comments 0
Experts have blamed the increase of drug-resistant bacteria to neglected general hygiene conditions in hospitals.
Amongst these bacteria strains is the methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infection or MRSA.
This pronouncement was issued after a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who examined hospital figures related to infections in the blood due to central line catheters.
During the period of research, they found that there had been more than 33,000 cases of blood infections reported by 1,684 hospital units caused by central line catheters.
A larger percentage of these infections were MRSA strains as opposed to staph infections, and although the percentage of MRSA was higher than that of staph infections, the cases of MRSA related infections had actually decreased from 2001.
These improved figures are probably related to the recommendations and guidelines issued by the CDC, and that hospitals seem to be making a more vigorous effort in fighting against these kinds of infections.
Although the improvements are there, hospitals are far from the complete eradication of infections, and numerous hospitals still have not carried out the suggested scheme to overcome infections.
There have now been new outbreaks of MRSA in schools and other public places, not only in hospitals and that nearly 20 percent of the people who catch the more serious forms of MRSA infections actually die.