The Robert Koch Institute has carried out a scientific study to investigate the frequency of hospital-acquired infections in Germany and their consequences.
Nosocomial infections are one of the most common complications that arise during treatment in medical institutions. Among other complications, when a patient acquires a nosocomial infection, it can significantly prolong the duration of their treatment, which is a concern felt by many patient during their hospital stay. In a 2019 study commissioned by the Kaufmännische Krankenkasse, the Forsa institute surveyed a representative sample of patients thoughout Germany. When asked what people are most afraid of when they are hospitalized, 81% responded, infection with a hospital germ.