While there are many diverse patient-oriented education resources on multidrug-resistant germs (MDR-G), there is little information on hospital-acquired infections
– caused by susceptible or resistant germs
– that should be the focus of prevention approaches.
Based on recent research, this brochure gives you all the tips, information and background knowledge you need as a patient or relative to help prevent hospital infections. Every year, an estimated 80,000 to 180,000 preventable infections occur in German hospitals, about 1,500 to 4,500 of which with fatal outcomes. While the bulk of the measures needed to prevent these infections are for the hospitals and doctors’ surgeries to take, you and your relatives can effectively protect yourselves while staying at a hospital.