Based on recent BBC reports, I think we had hospital acquired infections ‘contributing’ to five deaths in January and February 2019. Were there more cases ignored? I can’t find any data on this. The health correspondents did seem to be in a feeding frenzy, so it seems unlikely there were more.
I wonder how does this compared globally? Are our hospitals relatively clean or dirty in this respect?
I found 2018 statistics for the USA, by far the biggest spender on health care, globally:
‘In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated roughly 1.7 million hospital-associated infections, from all types of microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi combined, cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year.’
So, 1 700 000 HAIs linked to deaths in 2018 or, for comparative purposes with our two-month sample, 280 000 cases. So, 56 000 times as many cases. Population of USA at 327.16 million or 60.58 times the population. To get a fair per capita rate, divide the 56 000 by 60.58 and get 924.
Deaths linked to hospital-acquired infections 924 times more common per capita in USA than in Scotland.
As for England and Wales, I could only find these for 2006:
MRSA caused or was associated with 1 652 deaths, which occurred predominantly in older people and women.
C difficile caused or was associated with 6 480 deaths, which occurred predominantly in older people.
Now I know that there will have been other deaths linked to HAIs in Scotland but the absence of them in our NoMedia coverage, even during a feeding frenzy, tells us something.