Reports indicate that, due to 24 patients contracting the disease while admitted there, Hereford Hospital in the United Kingdom is still under a National Health Service (NHS) Improvement "red warning," meaning there's still a really good chance that more patients at the hospital could develop KPC or other similar superbug infections.
The warning comes after an earlier one in June that was issued against Worcestershire Royal, which came after even earlier ones in Manchester and elsewhere. All in all, there have been some 1,241 patients affected by KPC throughout the Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust area between the years of 2009 and 2013 – and the risk of infection is still high.
A total of 62 patients have developed blood poisoning from KPC infection at government hospitals in Manchester, while 14 have died within 30 days of contracting the superbug. Many others have developed urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonia, and other serious health conditions associated with KPB.
Following an NHS investigation and subsequent report, the U.K. government pronounced that poor sanitation at the hospitals is to blame for the continued high-risk environments where patients admitted to Manchester-area hospitals face serious complications and even death from contracting deadly superbug infections.
"The ward's bedpan washer was not working, disposable urinals were being reused for 24 hours and blood was spattered on a clean tray in the clinical room," the NHS report revealed.
In response, that ward's manager and matron of trauma and orthopedic have been replaced, as have those who oversaw the hospital's infection control team.
While it's a step in the right direction to make appropriate changes in order to maintain the highest levels of sanitation of U.K. hospitals, the simple fact remains that hospitals, no matter how clean they are, still seem to be breeding grounds for deadly superbugs.
Too many patients who had no risk of dying before being admitted to an average hospital end up succumbing to deadly superbugs that result in early death – something that mainstream health authorities are notorious for keeping a secret.
As we earlier reported, a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine found that roughly 48,000 Americans die every single year from pathogens they picked up while staying in a hospital.
At the time, it was sepsis, a systemic inflammatory disease, and pneumonia that were the two most common causes of hospital-associated superbug death. Today, it could also include MRSA, KPC, or any other of a number of superbugs that plagues hospitals – no matter how clean they're said to be.
What this seems to suggest is that no amount of cleaning is ever enough to truly protect hospital patients against deadly disease – especially when the average hospital patient never receives natural sunlight, and is constantly being fed garbage food that weakens his or her immune system at the same time that superbugs teem in every nook and cranny of the facility.
"Infections that are acquired during the course of a hospital stay cost the United States a staggering amount in terms of lives lost and health care costs," says Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., the lead author of that earlier study, pointing to data showing that, in 2006 – this figure is likely a lot higher today – hospital superbugs added a whopping $8.1 billion to overall healthcare costs.
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