Risk factors found for gram- negative infections

Spend a month in a hospital with a tube poking from your bladder, and you’ll be at high risk for developing a gram-negative nosocomial infection. That’s the conclusion of a European study that sought to identify the chief reasons patients get infected while in the hospital. Ironically, the longer you stay in the house of healing, the more likely you are to get sick. Patients spending more than three weeks in a hospital were most at risk of contracting a drug-resistant infection, the study concluded.

Other risk factors vary, depending on what infection you’re talking about, but in general, patients were also more prone to contract a nosocomial infection if they were confined to an ICU bed and had been treated with a newer antibiotic.