US doctors would know all about dirty hospitals

In the Herald yesterday and, of course, headlined by BBC Scotland:

A mother only discovered her cancer patient son had been put on preventative medicine because a Glasgow hospital was “dirty” from medical staff at a clinic in Florida where he had flown for treatment, an inquiry has been told.

What is the actual risk to life from a supposedly dirty hospital? It’s hospital-acquired blood poisoning, sepsis.

How common is sepsis? Is the trend up or down and by how much? Is the rate in Scotland higher or lower than elsewhere?

Sepsis mortality data for recent years is still under review but there was a 21% drop between 2012 and 2014.

I can’t see official figures but the Sunday Post confidently stated in 2018 that there were around 1 500 deaths from sepsis per year in Scotland:

Cole-Hamilton, himself, suggests, based on figures from the Lancet, that there were 11 million sepsis deaths globally. The world population is 7.58 billion so the global sepsis mortality rate is 1 in 689. The Scottish population is 5.4 million so the sepsis mortality rate is 1 in 3 600, 5 times lower .

The rate in the US is 250 000 per year or 1 in 1308, nearly three times higher than in Scotland.

And, the rate in England is around 36 900 per year or 1 in 1 517, better than the US but more than twice as high as in Scotland.

3 thoughts on “US doctors would know all about dirty hospitals

  1. I don’t understand their article, how does the mother know it was a ‘dirty’ hospital in Glasgow and not something aquired en route to the US or in the US? What am i missing here? What proof? It all sounds really quite strange, conclusions reached by deduction? Weird. The daily rags revel in this sort of story though, they love it, which is the most disturbing part.

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      1. Don’t suppose anyone knows if it’s used for anything else? Otherwise surely it’s more of a “We use it here all the time to combat dirty hospitals” comment.

        And she was unworried for about her son being in a potentially dirty hospital to have treatment?

        Perhaps it’s safer because they’re charging? Like care homes…

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