A hospital in Pennsylvania said on Monday that it will swap some babies to close-by medical facilities following the deaths of three premature infants who contracted a bacterial infection. Four completely different infants in Geisinger Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) had recovered from the illness, and an extra one is receiving antibiotics.
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“The neonatal intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville recently experienced an increase in cases of Pseudomonas infection, a waterborne bacteria, among premature infants,” Edward Hartle, M.D, Geisinger govt vice chairman and chief medical officer, said in an announcement. “While HIPPA regulations limit what we can disclose about individual cases, all were confined to the GMC NICU.”
“In total, eight infants confined specifically to the Geisinger Medical Center NICU were treated for a pseudomonas infection,” the assertion said. “Four of these infants have been successfully treated and are doing well; one of these infants continues to receive antibiotic treatment for the infection and is responding positively; and, sadly, the other three infants have passed away, which may have been a result of the infection complicating their already vulnerable state due to extreme prematurity.”
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The Danville-based hospital continues “to work closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate and ensure that proactive measures already are taken have eradicated the bacteria as well as prevent any additional cases.”
The assertion said that out of an abundance of warnings, the hospital is diverting mothers liable to ship prematurely sooner than 32 weeks gestation and infants born at decrease than 32 weeks gestation to shut by hospitals with acceptable NICU capabilities.
“We will continue our meticulous and comprehensive infection control practices at GMC to reduce the risk of any infection in an infant, and we remain committed to providing the highest level of family-centered neonatal care for our families and babies,” the assertion said.
The hospital posted an identical assertion to its Facebook net web page and began a hotline that has been arranging for neighborhood members with additional questions.