Reminder: Hospital infections nearly 8 times as common in non-Scottish parts

The Glasgow Caledonian University led study found 1% of patients develop hospital associated infections (HAIs).

It compares favourably with previous estimates for the UK (7.8%) and recent figures from Europe (3%).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57942366.amp?fbclid=IwAR3yKRZdAemFIeBaGGPkrITNP7wyV-_crXdg4qiO7YizFsMq5VSZvi1p4SI

A friend has just shared this July report again. At the time I wrote:

BBC Scotland wins ‘Cringeprop21’ award as hospital infections fall to lowest in Europe!

That headline is a belter, a howler, the cringyest of cringy. Why? Well it looks bad doesn’t it? £46 fn million!!?? Yousaf must go? Bring back Freeman and make her resign before she retires again? The people have a right to know how this ‘SNP Scottish Government’ has let them down?

Normally with BBC Scotland you have to read down to the 28th paragraph for anything reassuring but this time, perhaps feeling the headline will do its job for the Union, they let us see the facts by only the second and third:

Hospital infections cost NHS Scotland more than £46m every year, new research has revealed.

The Glasgow Caledonian University led study found 1% of patients develop hospital associated infections (HAIs).

It compares favourably with previous estimates for the UK (7.8%) and recent figures from Europe (3%).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-57942366

So, hospital infection in England is around 7 to 8 times higher? Be very careful not to get hurt if you cross the border.

And, it’s on average, 3 times higher in Europe?

Now that’s the news, headline news.

Well worth repeating.

2 thoughts on “Reminder: Hospital infections nearly 8 times as common in non-Scottish parts

  1. This report, in the Mirror, is from 21st June 2021

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/green-fungus-seen-covid-patients-24391422.amp

    “‘Green fungus’ seen in Covid patients could ‘triple risk of death,’ experts warn

    Aspergillosis is thought to have gone undetected in India and possibly caused tens of thousands of deaths according to Professor David Denning, Chief Executive of the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections

    A green fungus that has been detected in a rising number of Covid sufferers could triple the risk of death in some high-risk patients, experts have said.

    The first case of Aspergillosis was recorded in India last week in a man recovering from a Covid infection who subsequently had to be airlifted into hospital.”

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  2. A Google search using the term ‘Aspergillosis’ reveals a vast international literature on the prevalence, the sources, the dangers to some, the reduction/mitigation of risks, and the treatment of this infection.

    For perspective, this is from an NHS England website (last updated 11 March 2021): ‘You cannot always prevent aspergillosis’

    This notice for general public readers adds: ‘It’s almost impossible to completely avoid aspergillus mould. But there are things you can do to reduce your risk of aspergillosis if you have a lung condition or weakened immune system.

    – try to avoid places where aspergillus mould is often found, such as compost heaps and piles of dead leaves
    – close your windows if there’s construction work or digging outside
    – wear a face mask in dusty places
    – consider using an air purifier at home – devices with HEPA filters are best
    – do not dry your laundry in your bedroom or living areas, if possible – ideally dry it outside or in a tumble dryer

    Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/aspergillosis/

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