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One death in Zakynthos, five post-surgical complications in Zakynthos Hospital Alert Greece's Public Health

Posted by moodhacker on December 2, 2016 at 7:50 AM



Experts from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) had visi ed Zakynthos island  investigating a spate of postoperative complications at the Ionian island’s general hospital.



The team was dispatched after the hospital reported five cases of post-surgical complications, one fatal.

A 41-year-old woman died at a hospital in Rio in the northwestern Peloponnese after her condition deteriorated dramatically following routine surgery at the Zakynthos facility.



The hospital has closed all of its operating theaters , and the Greek CDC's (HCDCP/KEELPNO’s)  team move on place for a clinical investigation on the causes or infectious agents  that contributed to the life-threatening incidents .

A preliminary check by hospital officials ruled the Hospital Aquired Infection  possibility out as a cause, surprisingly , given the fact that Greece is very high ranking in HAI thorughout Europe .

Infection control checks had been held in the operation rooms of the Zakynthos Hospitals just one week before the incidents, , the Hospital officals had claimed . 



The union of state hospital workers, POEDIN, however, said in a statement following the 41-year-old’s death that the Zakynthos hospital has just



  • one cleaner for an area of 15,000 square meters and was not maintaining sanitation and safety protocols.





The World Health Organization also underlines that Greece is at the top of the list of antibiotics consumption, which results in more resilient bacteria. As such, microbes in Greek hospitals are more resilient and cause more infections.


The most common pathogens are acinetobacter, klebsiella and pseudomonas. P

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