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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a Petri Dish. Source: RKI.

Antibiotic Resistance and Hospital Infections

In Germany, an estimated 400,000 to 600,000 patients suffer a hospital acquired infection each year; 10,000 to 15,000 of them die. Typical problems for health care providers are surgical site infections, urinary tract infections and pneumonia.

Since the early 1990s, bacteria resistant to antibiotics (and therefore difficult to treat) play an increasing role in hospital acquired infections. At the Robert Koch Institute, scientists investigate the molecular-genetic properties of the resistant microorganisms. Moreover, they analyse how resistant pathogens spread and provide data on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use online. Regularly updated guidelines are published on how hospital infections can be avoided with hygiene measures.

Date: 17.08.2017