Although hospitals should be places where you go to get better, sometimes you can end up even sicker than you used to be. There are many viruses and bacteria lurking in almost every corner, but you can do a lot in order to prevent yourself from catching up the germs (see here).

However, some infections are difficult to avoid if you don’t have enough knowledge. There are several types of infections you can get in a hospital if you don’t know what to do to prevent them. Here’s the list of the most common ones.

Types of Infections You Can Get in a Hospital

UTIs

UTI stands for urinary tract infections. Patients who are hooked to a catheter, which is connected to their bladder, have higher chances of getting it . Up to a quarter of patients in all hospitals across the U.S. are connected to a catheter and over 75% of all people infected with UTI get it because of this. The only thing you can do is to ask a nurse to change your catheter often in order to decrease the chances of getting infected.

SSI

Surgical Site Infection can happen after the surgery at the area of the place surgeons operated. This infection can only affect the skin, but it can be even more serious and affect inner organs as well. Unfortunately, you can’t do much to prevent SSI, since this entirely depends on nurses and doctors, as well as how clean the instruments are.

infections you can get in a hospital

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Patients who are extremely sick usually use ventilators, as well as patients having surgery. They are under risk of inhaling viruses and bacteria coming through the tube.

Central Line Infection

Central line, which carries fluids, medications, etc., also carries a risk of infections.

These are the most common infections you can get in a hospital. Try to do everything in your power to prevent yourself from getting infected, but in some cases, you need to rely on the hospital staff.