A state control has detected "major infectious deficiencies" at the University Hospital in Newark after the death of an early…
A state control has detected “major infectious deficiencies” at the University Hospital in Newark after the death of an early child, the State Department of Health said Thursday.
The state said the inspection of the hospital revealed problems with “hand hygiene, personal protective equipment and cleanliness” and that it has created a “targeted correction plan” for New Jersey’s only public hospital, following a study that showed that the Ministry of Health’s recommended practices did not had been carried out. “
The premature baby found in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit agreed to the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria and was transferred to another anonymous airport where the child died in late September, “before the department’s notification of problems in NICU, “the department said.
“Because of the other compound medical conditions, the exact cause of death is still investigated,” states the state.
Acinetobacter baumannii bacterial infections usually occur in intensive care and healthcare facilities that accommodate very ill patients, according to CDC. Bacteria are usually found in soil or water and can cause pneumonia or severe blood or wound infections.
There were four cases of Acinetobacter baumannii in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care (NICU) and the department said it first became aware of the bacterial infection on October 1
“The plan calls on the hospital to hire a full-time consultant for certified infection control, which will report to the immediate action department taken in the next few days,” said the department. “The department is also exploring further actions that may need to take in the next few days to ensure patient safety. “
The hospital said it would work with the health department to address the problems.
” The University Hospital takes patient safety, including infection control, very seriously, “said the hospital in a statement.” We have been in regular communication with the Ministry of Health and continue to work close to them to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. “
The University Hospital was already under the supervision of the Ministry of Health following an executive order issued by Gov. Phil Murphy in July after it got a weak class in April’s Leapfrog Safety Report Card.  In addition to Wanaque, @NJDeptofHealth several cases of Acinetobacter are examined in the neonatal ICU at @ UnivHospNewark
4 cases, 1 death after transfer to another hospital.
We take this very seriously and have addressed corrective action. More: https://t.co/f30bV6NdnE
– Shereef Elnahal, MD (@SherefElnahal) October 25, 2018
Based on data from 2016 and 2017, the University Hospital rated below average to prevent four out of five common infections and below average to prevent six out of seven surgical complications.
Murphy’s administration also claimed that the hospital had illegally started winding up some pediatric services and transferring the beds to the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center before the state had granted permission to do so.
The discovery of the bacteria at the University Hospital comes only days after a fatal virus outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell who has claimed the life of seven children and infected at least 12 others.