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Worldwide Medical Insurance News: Emergency departments 'can spread infection'

Expat insurance customers may wish to be careful when visiting emergency departments (EDs).

Research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed elderly individuals have a three times higher likelihood of developing gastrointestinal or respiratory infections in the seven days following admission to an ED and their return to care facilities.

The study involved analysis of over 1,200 residents of 22 of these buildings throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Comparisons were made between their rates of infection. Every time a participant entered an ED, the scientists randomly chose two other individuals of the same age, sex and facility unit who did not have to go into these healthcare providers.

Infectious disease specialist from McGill University Health Centre and lead author of the study Dr Caroline Quach claimed there appears to be a benefit to isolating individuals for the week after leaving an ED.

"In addition to endangering other resident's health, outbreaks generate a significant workload and financial cost to the healthcare facility," she remarked.

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