- It is estimated that 32 patients die per year for every 100,000 inhabitants.
- The most vulnerable population is that of adults between 45 and 65 years of age, who represent 23.8% of all cases.
- The training of health personnel and the investment in adequate equipment contribute to reduce them.
Intrahospital infections, also known as nosocomial infections, represent a major public health problem. It is also necessary to remember that patients are not the only ones at risk but also doctors, nurses and other health workers. But what can be done to reduce risks?
Just to understand its impact, it is estimated that one in 20 patients acquires one during their hospital stay. Its treatment is sometimes complicated because the diseases are caused by microorganisms resistant to antibiotics, according to data from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
“The pandemic has left us a great lesson on the matter. It is essential to improve protective equipment, supplies and materials for doctors, health personnel and patients in order to prevent the transmission of diseases. A good protection strategy contributes to improving services”, warns Tamara Chayo, CEO and Founder of MEDU Protection.
According to federal authorities, the frequency of nosocomial infections in health centers it ranges between 2.1% and 15.8% of all patients, being the Intensive Care Units where more cases occur. It is estimated that 32 patients die per year for every 100,000 inhabitants.
The MEDU Protection specialist explains that having adequate protective equipment and implementing a series of hygienic measures can help inhibit infections, as well as reduce the economic costs they generate, both for patients and the health system.
protection above all
According to Ministry of Health (SSa)health care-associated infections can be prevented by up to 70% if hospitals and health clinics implement various intra-hospital strategies that include proper drug management and state-of-the-art equipment to protect the spread of these diseases and take care of medical staff.
“A measure that contributes to inhibiting nosocomial illnesses can be the use of reusable protective equipment, resistant to 99.9% of viruses, not only because of the importance of protecting patients and health personnel, but also because of the reduction of medical waste and the care for the environment”.
Who faces greater risks?
According to the National Medical Arbitration Commission (CONAMED)At the national level, the sector of the population most vulnerable to nosocomial diseases is that of adults between 45 and 65 years of age because it represents 23.8% of all cases. Then follows the group of older adults (20.7%) and the sector from 25 to 44 years with 18% of the total.
The CEO and founder of MEDU Protection believes that by implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce hospital-acquired infectionshospitals can increase their hospitalization capacity and admit a greater number of patients, since their stay in the hospital decreases considerably after being treated exclusively for the condition they presented on admission.
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