Superbugs linked to premature baby deaths
Doctors at University College Hospital last month found bacteria on the unit that were resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat infections in very premature babies.
Over six weeks 15 babies were found to be carrying several types of bacteria, 13 of which had bugs resistant to treatment with gentamicin.
Of those nine carried the resistant bacteria on their skin and four had bloodstream infections.
Records of a meeting, passed to the Daily Telegraph, show one baby died from its infection and two others died with the bugs but it is not thought to have been the primary cause of death.
- Senators Hear How Two-Midnight Rule Harms Patients, Hospitals
- 3 Management Lessons from a Supermarket Debacle
- Handshaking Spreads Germs. Get Over It.
- Healthcare Costs Start With What We Eat
- Hospitals Likely to Outsource ICD-10 at Launch
- IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes
- CMS Confirms ICD-10 Deadline
- Anatomy of 3 Health System Rebranding Efforts
- Premium Subsidy Fight Creating Uncertainty for Hospitals, Health Plans
- 2015 HIX Premium Hikes May Top 7%