High hygiene standards for combating multi-drug resistant pathogens 2

High hygiene standards for combating multi-drug resistant pathogens

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Improved hygiene reduces the number of infections. This is especially true of hospitals. Eight of them in the Mayen-Koblenz Health Department meet very high hygiene needs and are now certified. In particular, hazardous multiresistant pathogens (MREs) should be prevented.

"In Germany, on average, there are about 500,000 infections a year in hospitals and nursing homes." Jürgen Otten, Head of Health. "Of these, about 300,000 are caused by multidrug-resistant pathogens." MRE is a generic term for bacterial strains that have become resistant to a large number of commonly used antibiotics. "Such infections are only severe and can be managed in the long term," Otten says.

Multiple drug resistance can be found in many types of bacteria. The problem: if resistance is detected, it will take a long time for new antibiotics to be developed and marketed. "It is therefore extremely important to prevent the spread of multi-drug resistant bacteria. This includes strict adherence to hygiene regulations for such germs in facilities such as hospitals, retirement homes and nursing homes, "says the head of the health department. There must also be a vote between facilities when sick patients move in. Third, risk groups must be tested for MRE such as when they were admitted to a hospital.

As early as 2014, the district health department began establishing a regional anti-MRE network. As part of the development of this network, in 2016, the initial certification of eight hospitals in the Mayen-Koblenz district and the city of Koblenz conducted an external certification from a company specializing in medical issues. Now, there has been a successful re-certification. Therefore, all facilities continue to meet the quality requirements of the local MRE / MRSA network seal. The certificates are valid for the next three years. The audits also noted that the overall number of patients suffering from MRSA is decreasing, and most hospital-acquired infections have already been brought to the hospital.

BDH-Clinic Vallendar, Gemeinschaftsklinikum Mittelrhein, Evangelische Stift and Kemperhof in Koblenz, as well as St. Elisabeth Mayen, Katholische Klinikum Koblenz-Montabaur, Marienhof and Brüderhaus, Rhein-Molin-Fach St. Nicholas Andernach Hospital.


Mayen-Koblenz County