Hospital patients are getting sicker because of antibiotic resistance
Amsterdam UMC writes this, which publishes the results of the research The Lancet Infectious DiseasesJournal of medical sciences specializing in infectious diseases.
For some bacterial species, the chance of contracting the disease itself is 19 percent, which scientists say is a significant risk.
The patients in the studies were very healthy, had many underlying diseases, and were more likely to develop other infections.
It is difficult to treat
UMC in Amsterdam explains that it is a problem when people are carriers of these resistant bacteria and then become infected with them. This is something that can happen with hospitalization.
“If this is the case, it is difficult to treat. This complicates the treatment of patients who have been hospitalized for something else,” says UMC Amsterdam.
This isn’t the first time that antibiotic resistance has come under the magnifying glass. It has been known for some time that this phenomenon is a growing problem worldwide.
“This resistance makes it increasingly difficult to treat some infections, as few and more expensive antibiotics are available,” says the Amsterdam UMC.
“In some countries, there are already problems with bacterial infections that are too resistant to treat.”
Need more research
With their findings, the researchers hope to enable further research that should lead to the development of approaches to the growing problem. In the meantime, caregivers can be made more aware of the risks.
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