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Surgeons warn of hospital germs

Surgeons warn of hospital germs

Surgeons warn of the increasing danger from hospital germs
23.02.2014

German surgeons warn of the increasing dangers of hospital germs. At the Federal Surgery Congress in Nuremberg, doctors now called for stricter laws in the fight against multi-resistant germs.

Patient safety as a core message The Professional Association of German Surgeons (BDC) has warned of the increasing dangers from dangerous hospital germs. At the 16th Federal Congress of Surgery in Nuremberg, doctors now called for stricter laws in the fight against multi-resistant germs. To this day, around a thousand surgeons in the Franconian metropolis meet on the latest findings and proven methods from various surgical areas. Patient safety is the key message this year.

New law is not enough The association said: "The new infection protection law is not enough to be the master of the problem." It is important not to act first in the hospital, but to start with the development of the germs. In Germany, around 600,000 people are infected with these pathogens every year and around 22,000 die from it. Because children have a not yet fully developed immune system, they are at greatest risk. And also people with a weakened immune system, such as the old or the sick. "Infections caused by so-called multi-resistant bacteria can only be treated with a few, in the worst case no antibiotics at all," said association vice president Julia Seifert. However, the pathogens, which are usually referred to as hospital germs, seldom came from the clinics themselves, but were dragged into them.

Different reasons for the increase in germs There are several reasons for the increase in multi-resistant germs. One reason is the increased use of antibiotics in animal fattening and the contamination of imported meat and fish. Even farmers and veterinarians carried the pathogens on and tourists spread the bacteria from country to country. In addition, hygiene regulations are not as strict in many countries. The lax handling of antibiotics also complicates the situation. For example, pharmacies in Italy and Greece would issue antibiotics without a prescription. Tobias Welte from the Hannover Medical School (MHH) also classified the situation in Greece since the economic crisis as particularly bad a few days ago, according to press reports. Therapies with antibiotics lasting several days would often be started there, but not then brought to an end. In addition, antibiotics are all too often prescribed without a foundation. Both can make bacteria resistant to these agents.

Joint task for government and industry The BDC has now called for the approval of new antibiotics to be simplified. If the development of new drugs is no longer profitable for the pharmaceutical industry for economic reasons, the state and industry would have to take on this task together. The lung specialist Welte also sees new antibiotics as key in order not to "lose the fight against rapidly changing pathogens." (Ad)

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