Hospital-acquired infections point of contention in Romania

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Romania’s Minister of Health Alexandru Rafila admitted that reporting regarding healthcare-associated infections, the so-called hospital-acquired or nosocomial infections, has little to do with reality. On the other side, doctors ask for hospital-borne infections to be”‘decriminalized” and for courts to be able to judge only clear cases of malpractice.

On paper, hospitals in Romania are spotless. Managers of hospitals with high infection rates are penalized, so they are incentivized to hide them.

Data recently reported by hospitals all over Romania shows a slight increase, from 0.2% to 2%, in healthcare-associated infections. According to Minister of Health Rafila, the real figure is close to 5.9%, while the European average is 8%.

“There is a threefold difference between the reported figure and the real number,” said Rafila, quoted by Digi24. To remedy the situation, the health minister wants hospitals to report a nosocomial infection rate of at least 3%.

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