After the fatality of a premature baby, an inspection uncovered serious deficiencies at the University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. The infant succumbed to a fatal form of a bacterial infection that was contracted in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit of the hospital, and the New Jersey Department of Health is investigating this case and three others. On Thursday, the Department revealed their findings that pointed toward hand sanitation issues, and a lack of cleanliness with the protective gear worn by health workers and at the facility. Although the Department created a “Directed Plan of Correction” in July to improve sanitation issues at a facility that already received poor reviews, the plan was not implemented or followed. The Department initially found out about the bacterial infection in the beginning of October.
The bacterial infection that caused the fatality of a premature baby at the University Hospital typically occurs in intensive care units and at facilities that harbor seriously ill patients and is found in soil and water. It may cause pneumonia or severe blood or wound infections. If a medical facility fails to maintain cleanliness standards among their workers and the building itself, patients may be in danger of contracting potentially fatal infections or other serious illnesses.
If you or someone you love contracted a serious illness due to unsanitary conditions at a medical facility, our New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers at Williams Cedar will provide sound legal counsel. Call us at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. With offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and nationwide.