Premature baby in Meppen infected with multi-resistant germs - search for the source of the infection
After the infection of five premature babies with multi-resistant pathogens in the premature ward of the clinic in Meppen, the search for the source of the infection is in full swing. As the Ministry of Social Affairs in Hanover announced, multiresistant pathogens from the genus of the intestinal bacterium Escheria coli - E. coli for short - have been detected in infants.
As an immediate measure, after the discovery of the multi-resistant pathogens, the admission of patients to the premature ward was stopped and the affected mothers and their children now have to move to relatively distant clinics such as those in Lingen. How the children at the premature ward in Meppen in the Emsland could come into contact with the multi-resistant pathogens has so far been completely unclear. Especially since particularly high hygiene standards apply to the premature babies. The Ludmillenstift Clinic, the competent authorities of the district and the federal state are currently looking intensively for the source of the infection.
Hygiene measures meticulously implemented In order to prevent the spread of the multi-resistant germs in the Meppen hospital, not only was a block for new admissions, but also the entire staff and all premature babies stationed here were examined for possible infections. The five infected newborns were housed in isolation. In addition, the entire ward was thoroughly disinfected. Overall, it can be assumed that the recommended hygiene measures have been meticulously implemented, according to the unanimous opinion of a spokesman for the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs and a spokeswoman for the Emsland district.
Five premature babies infected, but not yet sick According to the hospital, the five infected premature babies are carriers of the multi-resistant germs, but have not yet been infected. However, the risk should not be underestimated. The spread of germs in the hospital must be avoided urgently. The consequences of not being able to do so could be seen at the premature ward at the Bremen-Mitte clinic, where several babies died from an infection with multi-resistant germs. The premature ward had to be closed here several times for a long time. Comparable disasters should definitely be prevented in Meppen. This is another reason why everyone involved is particularly interested in identifying the source of the infection as promptly as possible, although it cannot be ruled out that the origin of the multi-resistant pathogens cannot ultimately be proven. As long as there is no further new infection, those responsible could also live with it. (fp)
Germs at the premature ward in Meppen
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