Superbugs in hospital approach crisis levels
A range of largely uncontrolled superbugs are making hospitalisation a risky business. That’s not what you would reasonably expect from a place of healing, but it is undeniably true.
Superbugs like CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are said to be present in almost every
hospital at an alarming rate of growth. It is not by any means an exaggeration to call this a crisis in the making.
Various studies indicate that between one in five and one in seven hospital patients are at risk of potentially deadly infection. Immune-compromised patients are the most at risk but any patient can be exposed to superbugs.
So, what is the alternative?
Given hygienic conditions and access to medical support, home-based care is a safe and comfortable option. Ask any patient and he or she will invariably say that they want to go home as soon as possible. There is wisdom in this response because it is proven that rehabilitation at home often hastens healing and drastically reduces the chance of developing infections that are resistant to antibiotics.
Home care may seem daunting to family members, particularly when they work during the day. By appointing a caregiving service that specialises in post-hospitalisation care you are assured of professional one-on-one care. Further requirements for a full recovery include limiting the number of visitors, discouraging visitors with cold and flu and restricting access to household pets.
As soon as your doctor gives the green light get your loved one home as soon as possible.