Study Reveals Link Between Hospital Stays and Risk of Infection and Adverse Drug Reactions

According to a new study published in Medical Care, the longer a patient stays in the hospital the more his or her risk of acquiring an infection, having an adverse drug reaction, or developing a pressure ulcer (also known as bed sores, pressure sores and decubitus ulcers) rises. 

Researchers at the Monash University and Imperial College London concluded that patients who stayed at the hospital one night had a 11.4% of infection whereas patients who remained in the hospital for seven days had a 20% risk of acquiring an infection.

On average, a patient's risk of infection increases with each day spend in the hospital by 1.6 percent, adverse drug reaction by 0.5 percent, and pressure ulcer by 0.5 percent. For more, read the story.

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