Infection control doctors

A report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control which looked at infections and antibiotic use in European hospitals in 2011-12 also reported on hospital indicators like the number of specialist infection doctors in each hospital.

These indicators are important because they are measures that help to keep the rate of hospital acquired infections low, which helps to counter resistance – because the fewer infections patients acquire, the fewer antibiotics are used, and the less resistance can develop.

The European average for the median number of infection doctors per 250 beds 0.38.