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December 5, 2010

IBD Patients with Hospital-Acquired Infections Have High Risk of Death, Says Study

Hospitalised patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who develop hospital-acquired infections have high mortality rates and spend longer in hospital, according to a US study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study examined 2,324 IBD patients and

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Hospitalised patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who develop hospital-acquired infections have high mortality rates and spend longer in hospital, according to a US study published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

The study examined 2,324 IBD patients and found that mortality from hospital-acquired infections among them was 13.6%, compared to 0.9% among controls.

The median length of stay for patients with IBD and hospital-acquired infections was 22 days, compared to six days for control subjects.

An additional study published in the journal showed that patients with severe liver disease are at high risk of healthcare-associated and hospital-acquired infections.

Among the 54 bacterial infections in hospitalised cirrhotic patients, 22 infections were healthcare associated and 20 of them were hospital acquired.

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