Hos­pi­tal in­fec­tions.

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Com­pared to their Euro­pean coun­ter­parts, pa­tients at Greek public hos­pi­tals are twice as likely to con­tract a life-threat­en­ing in­fec­tion be­cause of cut­backs and un­der­staffing, the union of state hos­pi­tal work­ers (POEDIN) warned yes­ter­day. Speak­ing to the press, POEDIN pres­i­dent Michalis Gian­nakos said that pa­tients “are los­ing the bat­tle for life ev­ery sin­gle day be­cause hos­pi­tals have be­come germ-in­fested.” “It is es­ti­mated that more than 4 mil­lion pa­tients con­tract hos­pi­tal in­fec­tions in the Euro­pean Union ev­ery year, with re­sult­ing deaths be­lieved to stand at some 37,000,” the POEDIN chief said. “Mor­bid­ity from hos­pi­tal in­fec­tions in the Euro­pean Union af­fects 5 per­cent of ad­mis­sions. In Greece, an av­er­age of 15 per­cent of pa­tients ad­mit­ted to public hos­pi­tals get in­fec­tions, with fa­tal­i­ties com­ing to 30 per­cent of that num­ber, com­pared to 15 per­cent in the EU.” Gian­nakos pointed to cut­backs in health­care as the main cul­prit be­hind the high rate of hos­pi­tal in­fec­tions. Staff short­ages also mean that new ad­mis­sions may be placed on beds that have not been dis­in­fected, a prob­lem that has also been re­ported in re­gard to equip­ment at in­ten­sive care units and op­er­at­ing the­aters.

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