Cleaning to Combat Hospital Bacteria
An increasing number of Swedes are infected with multi resistant bacteria in hospitals. During the first 9 months the number of detected cases increased with 30% compared to the same period last year.
Now the Swedish National Board on Health and Welfare want to review the purchasing of cleaning services to hospitals in Sweden.
The general secretary of the Board, Lars-Erik Holm, told Swedish News Agency TT that hygiene must be put at the top of the agenda. Recently the Board has stressed the need to prevent overcrowded hospital wards as another measure to combat the spread of infection.
Multi resistant bacteria can cause very serious and in worst cases lethal infections in frail patients, like babies and the elderly. Within the last year six babies have died in Sweden as a cause of the bacteria.