Secondary Infection

How dangerous is this medical infection?

KlebsiellaThe klebsiella superbug is a dangerous infection that can be fatal in some patients. It has become drug resistant has been recently identified in United States hospitals after being noted around the world. The danger of this infection comes in its antibiotic resistance, and it affects patients who may be on ventilators, are getting wound care, or are hooked up to IV tubes, which is quite common in a hospital settings. The danger that it may spread to long-term care facilities where bed sores and wounds are more common is a large concern in the medical community.

The newly antibiotic-resistant strains of Klebsiella have doctors worried, especially since many patients who contract the illness may be vulnerable to complications due to other advanced conditions. For instance, patients on ventilators are already at risk for pneumonia and other health issues, so the klebsiella superbug can make a bad situation worse. In the elderly and people with emphysema, asthma, or diminished lung function, this illness is harder to get rid of and more dangerous to the prognosis of the patient.

Deaths from Hospital infections are preventable

While people most often associate hospital infections with negligence on behalf of doctors, nurses, and orderlies, superbug infections are not always the result of medical mistakes or a hospital's misconduct. Visitors may be bringing in the infection on their hands, or may be spreading it when they fail to wash hands after using the bathroom. They may also visit people who have the illness and then spread the bacteria throughout the hospital by not washing afterward. In one scenario, a person can visit an affected patient, go out to the waiting room (to allow for other relatives or friends to visit) and in so doing spread klebsiella onto the chairs, vending machine, magazines, and other visitors.

Superbugs Spread In Unclean Places

Bugs like MRSA and the norovirus can spread quickly and are hard to eliminate. Superbugs get their name because they do not get eliminated through a normal course of antibiotics, and there may be limited options for killing the bacteria. In many cases illnesses develop a resistance to penicillin and other common treatments, so the necessary antibiotic may have side effects that are not pleasant to the patinet. The medical community fears infections that may have no antibiotic treatment, in which case deaths from infection could skyrocket. This is why doctors have been counseled to avoid giving antibiotics when it is not necessary, since the development of resistant bacteria could be hastened through this practice.