Five children infected by germs in children's clinic

Intestinal germ leads to eye inflammation in five premature babies

According to media reports, hospital germs have occurred in the Asklepios children's hospital in Sankt Augustin, which could pose a serious threat to the small children stationed there. The pathogens are said to be comparable to the germs that were detected around three months ago in a dead premature baby in the Berlin Charité.

According to current press reports, five premature babies in the Asklepios children's hospital in Sankt Augustin have contracted an infection with the Serratia germ. According to the spokesman for the hospital operator Asklepios, the pathogens caused an eye infection in the children. Two of the affected children are still under observation, but the disease was not life-threatening. The eye infection responded well to antibiotic treatment and two of the children have already left the clinic.

Search for the source of infection in the children's clinic At the end of December, the Asklepios Children's Hospital Sankt Augustin informed the district health office in the Rhein-Sieg district (North Rhine-Westphalia) about the infection of premature babies with the Serratia germ. In order to prevent the spread of the infections, the infected babies were transferred to the mother-child ward in isolation. The hygiene measures were tightened and the staff, relatives and parents were instructed to pay more attention to compliance with the basic hygiene rules. Washing and disinfecting the hands is of particular importance here. Since the announcement of infections of several premature babies at the district health office on December 28th, the search for the source of the infection has started. The spokesman for Asklepios, Rudi Schmidt, told that "Hundreds of samples were taken from employees, medical devices and other furnishings such as coffee machines" to determine the cause of the infections.

Germs brought to newborn ward According to the results so far, "it is very likely that the germ was not transmitted through the hospital staff," said the spokesman for the hospital operator, adding: "In theory, it could have been a parent. “The Serratia germs are one of many pathogens with which every person comes into contact almost every day. For premature babies, however, there is a particular risk of infection because "their eyes and skin are not yet well developed." However, since the infections in premature babies only caused external inflammation and also responded well to treatment with antibiotics, for them There was no life-threatening health risk for children.

Clinical germs on premature babies are a particular threat The risk of spreading Serratia germs in a newborn ward was recently demonstrated in the incidents at the Berlin Charité in October 2012. Similar Serratia germs had infected numerous premature babies there as in the current incident. One of the children had passed away. However, the obvious suspicion of a connection between the death and the Serratia germ infection was not confirmed in the subsequent forensic medical examination. In total, more than twenty babies at the Berlin Charité and the German Heart Center fell ill with a corresponding infection. The spread of multi-resistant germs of the Klebsiella genus in the Bremen-Mitte clinic was even more dramatic about a year ago. The infections with the multidrug-resistant pathogens resulted in several deaths and the clinic was unable to cope with the situation for a long time despite extensive hygiene and disinfection measures as well as multiple ward closings. (fp)

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