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Children's hospital in Hamburg: germs found in infants


Germs in newborns in Hamburg Children's Hospital

After pathogens were found in several newborns in a children's hospital in Hamburg, the clinic declared that they were not multi-resistant hospital germs. There was no health impairment in the infants.

No multi-resistant hospital germs

After several newspapers reported that several infants were infected with pathogens in the children's hospital in Hamburg's Altona district, the clinic said in a message: "For the current occasion, we would like to state that the newborns affected are in the intensive care unit of the Altona Children's Hospital in the PNZ Altona is a settlement with the common, common germs Klebsiella pneumoniae and E.coli and not multi-resistant hospital germs. "

Dangerous infections in newborns

"There is no infection and therefore no health impairment in the populated newborns," the report continues.

The case evokes memories, because there are always dangerous infections, even in newborn wards.

A dangerous intestinal germ had been discovered about two years ago in the premature intensive care unit of a clinic in Düsseldorf.

In the same year, babies were also infected with dangerous intestinal germs in the newborn intensive care unit of the Freiburg University Hospital.

Usually harmless

According to experts, the "Klebsiella pneumomiae" discovered in Hamburg occur, among other things, in the intestine of humans and are usually harmless.

In exceptional cases, such as in people with weakened immune systems, they can become dangerous.

And the Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) (also known as “coli bacteria”), which are also found, can cause diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea and vomiting, among other things, if they are eaten through contaminated food.

Hygiene measures fulfilled

According to health experts, pathogens in clinics are often due to poor hygiene, but the Hamburg hospital writes:

"The intensive care unit of the Altona Children's Hospital in the PNZ Altona not only fulfills all hygiene measures as recommended by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), but we also set far higher standards."

And further: "In addition to repeated screenings for multi-resistant and non-multi-resistant germs, this also includes extensive training for all staff and patient parents, the permanent presence of a consultant hygiene specialist on site, barrier maintenance and environmental studies."

Although it is not necessary to report these germs, which are not multi-resistant, to the health department, the clinic informed the hygiene institute and the health department at an early stage.

"Our far-reaching hygiene standards are a high priority for us because the safety of our patients is our top priority." (Ad)

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