Heavy drinkers suffer more deadly infections

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

April 20, 2011

Patients with alcohol use disorders might be more likely to die from healthcare-associated infections (HAI), reports HealthDay News.

A new study in the July issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that such patients had a 71% higher chance of dying from HAIs. Data from the 2007 U.S. Nationwide Inpatient Sample was used to study the problem. The study’s authors suggested that patients tell their healthcare provider and that healthcare providers take precautions to prevent infection in susceptible patients.