Reported by a Pennsylvania hospital on Friday it discovered the source of a waterborne microbe that infected at least eight previous infants, killing three.
Geisinger Medical Center in Danville says the process it used to prepare donor breast milk led to the fatal outbreak in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
Infection control specialists use DNA testing to trace the bacterium Pseudomonas to equipment used to measure and manage breast donor milk. Geisinger said since it switched to single-use devices. Hospital officials emphasized that milk itself is not the source of exposure.
"We have had no new cases of infants suffering from pseudomonas in the NICU since this change," Dr. Edward Hartle, executive vice president and chairman of Geisinger of Geisinger. medical officer, a statement said.
Pseudomonas bacteria are common and often harmless but may pose a health risk to fragile patients. mother relies on other equipment as she investigates the outbreak. The hospital said it will continue to do so while talking with state health officials as to when it will resume normal operations. We know that the public holds us to the highest standards, and we will continue to strive to live up to our expectations as we have throughout our history, constantly improving what we do and how we do it, ”Hartle said.
The parents of one of the newborns killed in Geisinger filed a suit last month, alleging hospital officials failed to protect their son from a deadly bacterial infection. of two other premature babies.
Their lawyer, Matt Casey – also. represents the family of the second baby who died in the bacterial uprising – said his investigation revealed earlier Pseudomonas infections in the Geisinger NICU, and at least one baby died. But he said he did not know if the previous infections were the result of a problem with the hospital's breast milk equipment.
"A key aspect is to determine if this is an ongoing problem there. We have further work to determine if these control measures are less than a duration longer than Geisinger's statement indicates. , "he said.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to comment on Casey's dispute about previous infections, citing the pending lawsuit.