Babies given infected nutrition liquid in Southend and Basildon

Echo: Babies given infected nutrition liquid in Southend and Basildon Babies given infected nutrition liquid in Southend and Basildon

BABIES are being treated at Southend and Basildon Hospitals after being given contaminated nutritional liquid.

Staff at both hospitals confirmed one baby at each site had been fed through a drip a batch of parenteral nutrition which had been infected by Bacillus cereus bacteria.

Treatment is being provided to both infants, with the child in Southend's neonatal unit being described as "showing symptons of septicaemia".

An investigation is currently ongoing with officials from Public Health England and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority looking into how the batches from pharmaceutical firm ITH Pharma became contaminated.

A baby at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London tragically died after developing septicaemia through the contaminated liquid.

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12:12pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Southend Andy says...

Hope the little one is ok.
Hope the little one is ok. Southend Andy
  • Score: 13

1:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

emcee says...

This does not seem to be the fault of the hospitals but that of the supplier.
This does not seem to be the fault of the hospitals but that of the supplier. emcee
  • Score: 11

3:35pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

I hope the little ones affected across the country make a complete recovery. RIP the little one who didn't. This is awful. Just shows that, despite all the procedures and practices and box ticking now in place in hospitals, they were much more clean and hygienic years ago when they were under the strict control of matrons - and not packed to the gills by an over-inflated population.

Is nobody testing the batches when they arrive? I suppose the hospital wouldln't expect to have to but I think it would be a good idea from now on given the circumstances.
I hope the little ones affected across the country make a complete recovery. RIP the little one who didn't. This is awful. Just shows that, despite all the procedures and practices and box ticking now in place in hospitals, they were much more clean and hygienic years ago when they were under the strict control of matrons - and not packed to the gills by an over-inflated population. Is nobody testing the batches when they arrive? I suppose the hospital wouldln't expect to have to but I think it would be a good idea from now on given the circumstances. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

10:34pm Thu 5 Jun 14

cgb says...

Kim you clearly dont undestand how this would work??
So break the seal on what is usually a sterile pack, take a sample out to test whilst potentially contaminating the rest by introducing bacteria and then wait 3-5 days for that sample to grow on a Petri dish before it can be cleared. All the while the pack is now opened and bacteria are multiplying because it is no longer sterile!!!
Please dont comment and suggest things for which you clearly have no idea how it would work!

That aside I'm hoping too all the children affected make a good recovery.
Kim you clearly dont undestand how this would work?? So break the seal on what is usually a sterile pack, take a sample out to test whilst potentially contaminating the rest by introducing bacteria and then wait 3-5 days for that sample to grow on a Petri dish before it can be cleared. All the while the pack is now opened and bacteria are multiplying because it is no longer sterile!!! Please dont comment and suggest things for which you clearly have no idea how it would work! That aside I'm hoping too all the children affected make a good recovery. cgb
  • Score: 7

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