basic hygiene at risk in debt-stricken greek hospitals - absorbent cotton
Greek hospitals are in trouble and staff are failing to keep up with basic disease control such as the use of gloves and robes, which threatens multiple medicines
According to Europe's top health official, the disease is resistant.
Greek hospitals have become one of the most serious problems in Europe.
Acquired infections and disease experts are concerned that the number of health care workers has decreased due to the economic crisis, the standard of care has decreased, and the situation has become worse.
Marc Sprenger said that with fewer doctors and nurses taking care of more patients and less cash for hospital supplies, even basic hygiene is at risk, the director of the Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Europe (ECDC).
"I have seen some places. . .
In this case, even basic requirements such as gloves, gowns and alcohol wipes are not allowed, "Sprenger said after two times
He visited hospitals and other medical facilities in Athens.
"We already know how bad Greece is with antibiotic-resistant infections, and after visiting the hospital there, I now really believe that we have reached a minute to midnight in this battle, he said in an interview with Reuters.
Sprenger said that this situation means patients with highly infectious diseases such as tuberculosis (TB)
Probably not getting the treatment they need, increasing the risk of dangerous drugs
The form of resistance will strengthen control over Europe.
Greece costs 11 billion euros$14. 4 billion)
A year of its health care system
Accounting for more than 5% of its total economy.
The government says the system's debt is about 2 billion euros and spending must be cut sharply.
Many health workers have lost their jobs and others say they have not been properly paid for months.
On October, doctors outside the Gospel Hospital in Athens hung a flag saying simply, "the health system is bleeding ".
Tired doctors at 133 public hospitals in Greece pointed out that there was a lack of staff and basic supplies, such as absorbent cotton, tubes, gloves and paper used to cover the examination bed.
Panos Papanicolaou, a physician union member and neurosurgeon at the Nikea General Hospital in Athens, said the layoff meant that as many as 90 to 100 patients were waiting in the hallway every day and many were unable to get treatment.
In the chaos, some people are not treated, or come back again when the condition is much worse.
Overworked nurses often treat patients twice as many as before, he said, and confirm that shortages of basic items such as disposable gloves mean corners must be cut.
"If the nurse has to see 10 patients instead of 5 patients without disposable gloves, the spread of infection will definitely rise rapidly," he said . ".
If Greece doesn't have the money to buy medicine, its health care system will soon face more problems.
Another health official, who asked not to be named, said a senior hospital staff in Athens told him that the hospital's supplies were not budgeted, so all drug purchases were on credit.
Merck KGaA, Germany, said last month that it no longer provides anti-cancer drug Erbitux to Greek hospitals, nor does it provide biological tests, which are produced from plasma for the treatment of hematopoietic disorders and influenza due to unpaid bills, delivery stopped on June.
Roberto Bertolini, the World Health Organization's chief scientist and EU representative, told Reuters he was also worried about hospital rates
Infection in Greece
Cutting resources and staff will only make it more difficult to comply with infection control and hygiene rules, he said.
"When must the country be very careful. . .
"Choose what to cut and what to keep," he said . ".
"This is a very serious business, and in the medium term it may have a greater impact on the health of the population, thereby increasing rather than reducing costs.
Drug problems in Greece
Greece is the country with the most antibiotics used in Europe, and health experts say excessive use of antibiotics is one of the main causes of drug-resistant diseases.
Sprenger's ECDC warned last month that an infection caused by a bacteria called K.
Pneumonia and resistance to the last antibiotic are "high and increasing in some EU countries ".
"It's no longer a risk, it's already very bad --
"The challenge is to turn things around," Sprenger said . ".
"But if you are not overloaded with patients, you can only focus properly on this. "($1 = 0. 7650 euros)