Glasgow Staphylococcus Neonatal Baby Deaths Investigated

Nicky Broyd

January 31, 2019

Editor's Note: 10th April 2019: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde today reported the death of a third premature baby linked to Staphylococcus aureus infection. However, it said no further patients have tested positive for the infection since early March.

Two premature babies have died and a third needed treatment after developing Staphylococcus aureus blood stream infection at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) says all three cases are linked but it doesn't yet know how. 

An Incident Management Team (IMT) has been set up to investigate.
 

Infection Control

NHSGGC issued a statement saying infection was one of a number of contributing causes in both deaths at the neonatal unit. 

The third premature baby who tested positive for Staphylococcus aureus underwent treatment and is in a stable condition.  

Dr Barbara Weinhardt, infection control doctor, said:  "We have taken a number of control measures in the unit, including a deep clean, isolation and barrier nursing, safety briefs to all staff and infection control advice to all visitors."
 

Incident Management Team 

Dr Alan Mathers, chief of medicine, women's and children's service, said: "The national guidance sets out that an investigation should be triggered when two or more cases of the same type of bacteria are found.

"In this case, this was triggered on 24th January and an Incident Management Team meeting (IMT) was convened.

"The IMT began their investigations into possible linkages between the three cases and sent samples for testing." 

The samples confirmed links between the three cases.

Dr Mathers said: "Our infection control team continues to work closely with clinical colleagues and domestic staff to manage the situation and take all necessary steps to maintain patient safety."

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Earlier in the month NHSGGC began an investigation into the deaths of two patients at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, who had contracted a cryptococcal fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings.

A review into the hospital's design, commissioning, and maintenance programme is underway.

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