Germ infestation at the University Clinic in Münster: baby sick

Dangerous Serratia germs found again in the children's intensive care unit

Another case of dangerous hospital germs: At the University Hospital of Münster there is currently a baby born prematurely in a critical state of health after being infected with so-called "Serratia germs" (Serratia marcescens).

Germs are normally only dangerous for immunocompromised patients. The Children's Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital of Münster is currently fighting against infestation with Serratia germs, which according to the clinic are normally not dangerous for healthy people, but can be a great danger for sick, immunocompromised patients. According to the clinic, a premature baby was currently infected with the germ and now suffers from blood poisoning, which was immediately treated with antibiotics, the board chairman and medical director of the clinic, Norbert Roeder, told on Friday. According to Roeder, the child's condition is "currently critical" - however, the infection can be treated well since it is not a multi-resistant germ.

A total of ten children are infected In addition to the infected premature baby, according to the clinic, another nine small patients - premature babies, newborn babies and a toddler - are currently affected by the intestinal germs, although no further infections have yet occurred in these children.

Clinic immediately tightened the safety measures According to the clinic, the germ infestation was determined during the standard hygiene tests, whereupon the safety measures were immediately tightened - on the one hand, special cleaning was carried out on the ward, and the children infected with the germ were also taken to other rooms. Since this measure "entails a high level of personnel expenditure, no other patients would be admitted to the ward with the exception of emergencies," Roeder told In addition, planned operations would be postponed.

According to the clinic spokesman, there is no “crisis situation”
According to the clinic spokesman, the measures taken are not to be justified with a "crisis situation", instead, the main thing is "to prevent transmission of the germ and other infections," says Roeder. Roeder receives support here from the municipal health authority - according to Norbert Schulze Kalthoff, the head of the office, has certified “exemplary behavior” for the clinic, and Schulze Kalthoff also confirmed that “no further risk to children is recognizable”.

Demand for exact investigation of the incident Nevertheless, the "German Society for Hospital Hygiene" now demands a thorough investigation of the incidents from the clinic, because "Serratia are not transmitted by air, but always through contact with people or contaminated areas", said the spokesman for the board Society, Klaus-Dieter Zastrow, opposite As a result, the spread of the germ can in principle be avoided - and the clinic is now obliged to look for the origin and clarify the transmission route. Because the illness of the premature baby should be taken seriously, according to the hygiene doctor Zastrow, according to, because "40 to 50 percent of the patients suffering from blood poisoning die."

Again and again cases of germ infestation in hospitals Münster is not an isolated case, instead germs have led to critical situations in clinics several times, several infants have even died of it. For example, "only at the end of December last year in Asklepios Children's Hospital Sankt Augustin five premature babies were infected with the Serratia germ, luckily the disease was not life-threatening here", but could be treated well with antibiotics in all children. (No)

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