How common are superbug hospital infections?

How common are superbug hospital infections?

MRSA insurance

By Life Quotes, Inc.

One risk that even healthy people can face when they visit the hospital for a seemingly minor procedure is an infection caused by bacterium-resistant methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

The MRSA, or so-called “super bug” has been a growing concern in recent years due to its effect on thousands of hospital patients and also its ability to resist many current antibiotic treatments.

However, a recent Los Angeles Times report noted that the rate of MRSA-related infections appears to be on the decline nationwide. The newspaper cited federal government data which found a 28 percent drop in MRSA cases contracted in hospitals between 2005 and 2005, along with a 17 percent drop in cases that were not contracted in a hospital.

Late last year, other media reports noted that hospitals in Norway have achieved a remarkable decline in MRSA infections in recent cases – apparently by not using as many antibiotic products.

From a life insurance perspective, hospital infections can affect even the strongest and healthiest individuals, and even the recent decline in statistics will leave many people at risk for such medical dangers.

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