European Study: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections Kill 33,000 Annually

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A new study conducted by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control estimates that 33,000 people in Europe die annually from antibiotic-resistant infections.

Furthermore, researchers determined that 75% of the burden of disease is attributable to healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and that 39% of the burden is caused by infections with bacteria resistant to last-line antibiotics — which researchers indicated was a troublesome increase from previous study findings.

Researchers note that the burden of antibiotic-resistant infections is comparable to that of influenza, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS combined.

The researchers called for several actions, including "strategies to prevent and control antibiotic-resistant bacteria," noting this will require coordination in Europe and globally, and "the need to urgently address antimicrobial resistance as a patient safety issue and the need for alternative treatment options for patients with such infections who have comorbidities or are otherwise vulnerable."

The study, which was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, used data from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network from 2015. It focused on five types of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS). Phenelle has more than 30 years' experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes and other organizations with implementing and maintaining an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission, AAAHC, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies; respond to situations of noncompliance; and improve the processes for reducing risk.