Three premature babies contracted a fatal infection at a hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania. In total, eight babies contracted the waterborne bacteria known as pseudomonas, which is commonly found in many places, while residing in the NICU of Geisinger Medical Center. No evidence of the bacteria could be found in the NICU or any other areas of the facility. Back in early August, the first baby was diagnosed with the potentially fatal infection, and the hospital made strides to remedy the problem by examining their processes, engaging in more thorough cleaning practices, increasing the amount of chlorination in the water, and attaching water filters to faucets. Despite investigations into the origination of the bacteria, no exact cause has been determined. Four babies out of the eight received a course of antibiotics and have recovered.
Patients expect that a medical facility will be sanitary and free from any toxins or germs that could further jeopardize their health. Premature babies whose health may be compromised by their weakened conditions may be at serious risk of contracting dangerous illnesses or even succumbing to fatal ones at a facility that fails to make sanitation a priority. Medical personnel or the hospital may be liable if they fail to take precautions and use improperly cleaned or tainted equipment on patients.
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