Hospital patients extra sick due to resistance to antibiotics

Hospital patients extra sick due to resistance to antibiotics

This writes Amsterdam UMC, which publishes the research results in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a journal for medical science specializing in infectious diseases.

Significant risk

In some bacterial species, the chance of disease itself would be 19 percent, which the scientists say is a significant risk.

The patients included in the studies were seriously ill, had a lot of underlying disease and were more likely to get other infections.

Difficult to treat

The Amsterdam UMC explains that it is a problem when people are carriers of this resistant bacteria and then get an infection from it. This is something that can happen with a hospitalization.

“If this is the case, it is difficult to treat. And that complicates the treatment of patients who have been admitted to hospital for something else,” says the Amsterdam UMC.

It is not the first time that resistance of bacteria to antibiotics has come under a magnifying glass. It has been known for some time that this phenomenon is an increasing problem worldwide.

The Amsterdam UMC says: “This resistance makes some infections increasingly difficult to treat, for which there are only few and more expensive antibiotics available.”

“In some countries there are already problems with infections with bacteria that are so resistant that no treatment is possible.”

Need more research

With their findings, the researchers hope to enable even more research that should lead to the development of an approach to the growing problem. In the meantime, care providers can be made extra aware of the risks.


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