More Pseudomonas found at Prince George's Hospital
advertisement
Ubicación actual:
>
> This Story


Conexión o Registro to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Comment
advertisement

 

advertisement

 

Infection Control Homepage

Rural hospital patient safety benefits and survival prescription In the rural setting, hospital infections are fewer

IMRIS and Hill-Rom roll out new OR table for intraoperative MR Eliminates need for patient movement, minimizes risk of infection during neurosurgery

HAIs shrink as trend for outpatient facilities grows An unanticipated benefit of spreading out the patient population

In Mexico, a call for sterilized, used pacemakers as implants in new study An alternative for those who cannot afford new pacemakers

Assessing the indirect costs of HAIs Internal costs from $25,000 to $45,000 per incident are only the beginning

A new threat tops ECRI's annual health tech hazards list Some familiar concerns did not make the cut this year

New textile material for hospital doors may reduce HAIs Eliminates 90 percent of bacteria

The unique challenges of keeping the MR environment clean Eliminating bacteria in the magnetically charged MR suite

Dr. Bradley J. Catalone TSO3 hires chief science officer

New study pinpoints most effective infection control practices Maintain a sterile operating field and track outcomes

More Pseudomonas found at Prince George's Hospital

por Thomas Dworetzky , Contributing Reporter
The dangerous Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, which led to the closure of the NICU at Maryland's Prince George's Hospital Center on August 9 after indications that three infants had come into contact with it, showed up in water pipes at the institution last week.

Nine other infants have been moved from the NICU to Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

THE (LEADER) IN MEDICAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY SINCE 1982. SALES-SERVICE-REPAIR

Special-Pricing Available on Medical Displays, Patient Monitors, Recorders, Printers, Media, Ultrasound Machines, and Cameras.This includes Top Brands such as SONY, BARCO, NDS, NEC, LG, EDAN, EIZO, ELO, FSN, PANASONIC, MITSUBISHI, OLYMPUS, & WIDE.



“The bacteria were detected in four NICU sinks and two others, officials announced at a Friday news conference, according to Fox 5 in DC. The sinks were taken out of the facility for treatment, they added.

"We have taken care, in our NICU, of 116 babies this year," Sherry Perkins, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the hospital's owner Dimensions Healthcare Systems, noted. "These babies are especially precious to us and their families are especially precious to us, and it saddens us as a team to ever lose a baby. In this year, 2016, seven families from our NICU have had babies that did not survive and our caregivers grieved with these families. These premature babies had complex medical problems and some were as small as one to two pounds. Epidemiologists and neonatal experts are investigating any links between the deaths of any babies and the presence of Pseudomonas and the NICU water supply."

The hospital stated that the presence of Pseudomonas, now found in a second care area other than the NICU, came as a result of “continuous water sampling and testing.”

The discovery led to additional disinfection and plumbing treatment and “new water treatment in the unit, as well as new water filtration in the NICU and hospital-wide water treatment,” <"http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/867595" target="blank">according to Medscape.

"We are taking a very methodical and collaborative approach to our investigation and remediation and will follow the science where it leads us," said Perkins.

“Our epidemiologist continue to investigate any links between the deaths of these babies and the presence of pseudomonas in our water supply,” she emphasized at an August 19 press conference, according to the Washington Post, adding “we don’t have the answers to that yet.”

That said, Perkins stressed that the anti-infection practices at the hospital are the same as those used by other institutions. “It is not a gap in those practices that led to this,” she told the Post, stating that at this point they are trying to determine “how there would be this transmission from our water to these babies.”

“The best determination we can make from this, as we have done the investigation and mapped the plumbing, is that it was in the pipes from the water system that leads to the NICU.”

Finding the bacteria in a NICU is "a bit odd," Vanderbilt University infectious disease specialist Dr. William Schaffner told the physician news site. Johns Hopkins Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Aaron Milstone, agreed, telling the site Pseudomonas is "not commonly seen in the NICU."

Infection Control Homepage


You Must Be Logged In To Post A Comment