A bacterial infection outbreak at University Hospital in Newark made three victims so far, as it killed two more premature babies, the Health Department in the US announced yesterday. The outbreak has been affecting the neonatal intensive care unit since September.
“The deaths of three premature infants with an Acinetobacter bacteria and the infection of a fourth, all cared for at University Hospital, are stark reminders that an overhaul of the quality of care and the leadership of the hospital is urgently needed. The infants had a variety of other medical conditions, but the fact remains that they contracted the bacteria in the hospital’s neonatal ICU,” said Ras Baraka, Newark mayor who also for new senior management and board members who are more responsive to the community.
“A Department survey team is on-site today to investigate the hospital’s internal notification policies, governance, and other factors that relate to reporting of deaths of cases during an ongoing outbreak,” stated the US Health Department.
Bacterial Infection Outbreak At University Hospital Killed Two More Premature Babies
However, all the measure to tackle this situation came in late, as the bacterial infection outbreak at University Hospital just made two more victims in premature babies, raising the death toll to three. On the other hand, the doctors are baffled because they still don’t know what has caused this outbreak.
According to the hospital’s representatives, since September, four babies have been infected with the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria which seems to be behind the bacterial infection outbreak as University Hospital. They also said that the two premature babies who died last week acquired the bacteria six weeks ago.
“State and federal investment is needed to enable University Hospital to become the first-class teaching hospital that it was intended to be, including an overhauled emergency room, a world-class trauma center, and more outpatient clinics to meet the underserved medical needs of the people of Newark,” added Ras Baraka.