Trier children's intensive care unit infested with germs

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Trier children's intensive care unit infested with germs

Despite increased protective measures, the dangerous germ "Serratia marcescens" is spreading more and more in the Borromean Mother Clinic in Trier. This actually harmless bacterium is widespread in nature. Many people even carry it within themselves without really falling ill. However, the germ can become life-threatening for premature babies. Your immune system does not have enough defenses to protect yourself against it. Infections can lead to blood poisoning, which can quickly become fatal to children. The clinic, which is the only one in the region with a premature baby station, had already gone public on October 21. By this time, seven babies born prematurely had germs in them. "When the seventh Serratia case was identified, it was clear that we would not be able to control the spread," said Oliver Kunitz, medical director of the parent company. A disinfection of the rooms could help. However, this is only possible when all premature and newborn babies are released.

There are currently ten babies left in the isolated ward. Eight of them carry the Serratia bacteria. As a precaution, the child intensive care unit and the neighboring unit were preferred to be closed, although no germs were found there. A temporary intensive care unit was temporarily set up for emergencies. Up to 200 so-called high-risk babies are born in the mother house every year. Despite all precautionary measures, the germ has nevertheless spread. "We have no explanation of where the germ comes from," says chief physician Thomas, again expressly pointing out that the healthy newborn ward and the intensive care unit are not affected.

Germs in hospitals are not uncommon There have been reports of dangerous and resistant germs in hospitals, which have resulted in patients becoming infected, in the past. Stations often had to be closed to prevent them from spreading. There have been occasional deaths. So far no child has really been harmed in Trier. This is not least due to the quickly implemented protective measures, which could prevent spreading. Nevertheless, it has to be clarified how the bacteria got into the intensive care unit. Because all additional risks for the already weak infants should be minimized as much as possible (fr)

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