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Hospital failed to isolate infectious baby

TT/Stuart Roberts · 3 Sep 2009, 07:36

Published: 03 Sep 2009 07:36 GMT+02:00

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Even though doctors at the Västerås hospital knew that the baby was infected with the highly infectious Klebsiella bacteria, they did not immediately move the baby, according to the report.

Another baby in the same ward was infected with the deadly bacteria - probably before the infected baby was moved - the paper claims. The baby died within one week.

A total of three newborn babies have died at Västerås hospital following infection with the Klebsiella strain of multiresistant bacteria which attacks the intestines. The children died in early August after being infected with the bacteria at the hospital's ward for newborns with illnesses and babies born prematurely.

The hospital has earlier claimed that the ward had been closed as soon as the bacteria were discovered, that tests were immediately taken, and that those who did not carry the bacteria were moved.

“They cared for the baby for almost an entire day in the same ward,” Peter Jotorp, senior doctor at the children’s clinic, told Aftonbladet.

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According to established guidelines for dealing with infectious diseases, patients that are infected with resistant bacteria must be isolated. Doctors at the Västerås hospital are not able to explain why that did not occur in this instance.

The deaths are to be reported in accordance with Lex Maria, the informal name used for regulations governing the reporting of injuries or other incidents within the Swedish health care system.

TT/Stuart Roberts (news@thelocal.se)

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09:13 September 3, 2009 by bocagill
I can' believe it, this doctor should have know this was going to happen, the doctor should be fired and his medical license taken away but i promise you it won't happen, the doctor will be put on pay leave or not intill a investigation is done and then get a slap on the wrist and be back a work saying in the future this will not happen again without any feelings towards the parents of the babies that died, mark my words this will happen!!!
10:26 September 3, 2009 by double concerto
Fifty percent third world doctors = fifty percent third world treatment I'm afraid, obvious really...but not to the neo marxists that make up the Swedish so called government.
10:54 September 3, 2009 by Random Guy
maybe babies were with immigrant background. or maybe someone will sell organs of babies to private clinics for transplantation. when someone die in hospital, hospital take everything what they can, what's happen with it, nobody control.
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