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Premature baby: intestinal germ infection in the heart center

Premature baby: intestinal germ infection in the heart center

Dead premature baby was infected with intestinal germ in the heart center: health senator criticized the poor communication between the Charité clinics and the heart center

As reported by the Berlin Health Office, the premature baby who died on October 5 did not get infected with the intestinal germ in the Charité as previously assumed, but in the neighboring heart center. A crisis team is now to provide clarification. The body of the deceased child may be exhumed for an autopsy.

Germ load in Charité and heart center becomes "widening crisis" After a newborn in Berlin's Charité died on October 5 of an infection with so-called Serriatic germs, intestinal bacteria, the public prosecutor's office began its investigation into negligent killing the infection of the 22 affected babies has not yet been elucidated.

While it was initially assumed that the deceased baby was infected at the Charité's premature ward, the child was said to have actually been germ-free when it was transferred from the university clinic to the heart center. The district office Berlin-Mitte announced on Friday. Anke Elvers-Schreiber, head of the Mitte health department, reported that the baby had previously been infected with the intestinal germs in the Charité, but was successfully treated so that the child was passed on to the heart center for aseptic treatment to treat his heart defect. A total of four children in the heart center were infected with the pathogen. Infection with Serratien germs is particularly dangerous for people with a weakened immune system such as premature babies.

Another two stations at the Charité with intestinal germ contaminated Karl Schenkel, head of hygiene and environmental medicine in the Mitte district, reported on three affected stations in the Charité maternity clinic and two at the heart center, whereby a maternity ward should have been sterile again since Tuesday. "A total of six sick children are still being treated with antibiotics at the two affected wards," the Charité press release said. “The therapy works well for all patients. The signs of infection continue to decline. ”At present, seven children are still under close observation.

“There are no restrictions on care in the newborn intensive care unit on the Charité Mitte campus. Regular deliveries from the 36th week are possible both at the Virchow-Klinikum campus and at the Charité Mitte campus, ”the Charité announcement continued after an admission stop had been arranged for the wards concerned.

Prosecutor's office investigated for negligent homicide
It is still unclear when the intestinal germ broke out in the heart center. The public prosecutor is now investigating for negligent homicide. Evidence was gathered in both the Charité and the Heart Center. The investigation is focused on the period from September to today, said a spokesman for the prosecutor. The deceased and already buried child may be exhumed for an autopsy. An external coroner had to check the situation thoroughly and then decide whether an autopsy made sense. Investigators had only learned on Wednesday that the baby had already been buried.

Violent criticism of the Charité's crisis management After the Charité's crisis management was heavily criticized in connection with the intestinal germ infections, representatives of the university clinic and the heart center under the direction of the science senator Sandra Scheeres (SPD) should provide clarification. Previously, there had been numerous information spans in the university hospital, which is part of Scheer's area of ​​responsibility. Mario Czaja (CDU), Berlin's Senator for Health, said on Thursday in the House of Representatives that the team would meet on Friday and should ensure better communication between the institutions. Czaja said in an interview with the "Frankfurter Rundschau": "In recent days it has been shown that the Charité's communication policy is inadequate. This has led to unnecessary uncertainty in public and especially among the relatives of the little patients. I expect Charité to be more professional when it comes to communication in the future. This shows that night adjustments are necessary. ”(Ag)

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