Number of hospital infections and use of antibiotics in Norway remain at a low level

NursePhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB

The number of patients who get an infection in hospitals and nursing homes has been low for several years. Nevertheless, nosocomial infection is the most common cause of complications.

The incidence of nosocomial infections in hospitals remained low, and the use of antibiotics remained at about the same level as before. The number of infection cases in nursing homes is among the lowest in the last ten years, the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) writes.

In nursing homes today, antibiotics are most often used to treat urinary tract infections and airborne infections. In 2019, just over half of the infection cases were urinary tract infections. About 10% of the residents used catheters, and among them, 6% got an infection. Among residents without catheters, 2% got a urinary tract infection.

In hospitals, operations most often lead to nosocomial infections, which lead to complications.

Infections due to stay or treatment in a health institution (HAI) are the most common cause of complication of treatment. The FHI writes that prevention could contribute to increased patient safety.

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