Hospital infections: Every fourth clinic ignores important hygiene regulations

More than every fourth hospital does not meet hygiene regulations
Not only since the spread of highly resistant germs in the Stuttgart clinic has the question of how to prevent severe clinical infections better. It would be essential here to comply with the hygiene requirements. But that doesn't happen enough in around every fourth hospital.

Hygiene regulations are not observed
According to the Federal Ministry of Health, up to 15,000 people die from hospital infections in Germany every year. Other experts estimate that up to 30,000 people die. "Inpatient and outpatient treatment and care are associated with an infection risk," wrote the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on its website. If more hospitals complied with hygiene regulations, the risk could probably be significantly reduced. But around every fourth German clinic does not adhere to these guidelines.

Better protection against infection necessary
Health experts have been pointing out for years that better infection protection is needed in German hospitals.

Especially for the elderly or for those with a weakened immune system, infections with germs can quickly become dangerous and, for example, cause inflammation, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting or blood poisoning.

Bottom line Bremen
According to a current report, more than one in four hospitals (26 percent) does not meet the hygiene regulations of the RKI and employs too few hygiene staff. This was the result of joint research by the ARD magazine "Plusminus" and the research center "Correctiv".

According to the information, Bremen is at the bottom, where the requirements are not met in 43 percent of all clinics. Thuringia is in second last place with 42 percent, followed by Berlin with 37 percent. Hamburg therefore performs best. Only ten percent of the clinics there fail to meet the hygiene requirements.

Which hospitals meet the hygiene standards
According to a report by Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), "Correctiv" and "Plusminus" have created a freely accessible database for the first time, in which you can check on the homepage "" which hospitals meet the hygiene standards and which do not.

The vice chief of the Landesverband Nord der Krankenkasse BKK, Dirk Janssen, believes the results are alarming. According to him, they showed "serious shortcomings" in many clinics in dealing with hygiene. If nothing changes, "it will cost thousands of lives every year," says Janssen.

Plan to fight multi-resistant germs
As stated in the communication, the Federal Ministry of Health puts the responsibility on the federal states and the individual clinics. According to the information, the Infection Protection Act between 2011 and the end of 2016 should create binding regulations for sufficient hygiene personnel.

At the beginning of 2015, Minister of Health Herrmann Gröhe (CDU) also presented a ten-point plan to combat multi-resistant germs in clinics with the aim of hiring more hygiene staff by the end of 2016.

According to the ministry, the achievement of the goal “has been extended to the end of 2019 at the request of the federal states”.

The Vice President of the German Society for Hospital Hygiene (DGKH), Walter Popp, criticized: "The hospitals sat out the initiative."

The DGKH is organizing a symposium on March 21st in Bochum under the motto "Current hospital hygiene for patient advocates". "The presentations are expressly not intended for specialists, but are aimed at laypeople and there will be enough time for questions and discussion," the invitation says. (ad)

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