Hospital patients at risk of catching an infection

A study from July 2015 to February 2016 involving 5,415 adult patients in 13 acute hospitals here found that 11.9 per cent caught an infection while being treated for other conditions.
A study from July 2015 to February 2016 involving 5,415 adult patients in 13 acute hospitals here found that 11.9 per cent caught an infection while being treated for other conditions.PHOTO: ST FILE

More than one in nine patients here catch a bug while hospitalised. Half the patients in hospital are on at least one antimicrobial, the umbrella term for antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral medication. These are the key results of the first national study that points out areas where hospitals can improve on patient care. Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik reports the findings.

Patients warded in a hospital - public or private - have a high risk of catching a bug during their stay.

A comprehensive study from July 2015 to February 2016 involving 5,415 adult patients in 13 acute hospitals here found that 11.9 per cent - or more than one in nine - caught an infection while being treated for other conditions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2018, with the headline 'Hospital patients at risk of catching an infection'. Print Edition | Subscribe