Aggressive germs in the Dresden-Neustadt hospital: six patients already infected
At the Dresden-Neustadt City Hospital, "aggressive germs" are currently threatening the health of patients. As the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs explained, the antibiotic-resistant bacteria were recently reported to the Dresden authorities by the clinic. A spokesman for the ministry "partially" confirmed a media report by the Bildzeitung on Wednesday.
The newspaper reported that resistant germs have "gotten out of control" in the clinic for accident, reconstruction and orthopedic surgery since this morning. According to this, a total of six patients have been infected with the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain (MRSA) since Sunday.
The treatment of patients who have been infected with the so-called hospital germ is extremely difficult because the bacteria hardly or not at all react to common antibiotics. Even the use of so-called reserve antibiotic drugs often does not lead to successful treatment.
According to the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Dresden clinic has moved the infected patients to an isolated ward so that no more patients become infected. In addition, the traumatology ward "CH1" on the first floor of house C / D was closed.
Minister for Social Affairs Christine Clauß (CDU) intervened on Tuesday. “The problem with the aggressive germs shows the need for my MRSA network that was launched in 2010. The minister asked the clinic "to quickly find the cause so that the spread is stopped".
Antibiotic-resistant germs are increasingly found in environments where antibiotic drugs are used all the time. Although the drugs can kill the majority of the pathogens, a few bacteria still survive because they have already mutated and are resistant to conventional antibiotics. According to recent studies, around 50,000 people in Germany are infected with MRSA germs every year. In some clinics, up to 30 percent of the infectious diseases acquired there are based on MRSA. According to a study commissioned by the "Techniker Krankenkasse", the number of MRSA infections in hospitals in Schleswig-Holstein alone rose by 192 percent between 2006 and 2009. In other federal states, the increase was sometimes 200 percent. The clinic management in Dresden-Neustadt will issue a statement later today. (sb)
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