No new cases of Pseudomonas infection

23/01/2012

Further tests for Pseudomonas infection have not shown any new cases of infection in the outbreak at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, and the total remains at six.

 

 

Photo:  Vaporised Hydrogen Peroxide (VHP) Cleaning at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Neonatal Unit 

The neonatal network is currently managing well. Some mothers due to give birth or babies who require special neonatal care, may be transferred to another unit, as would be normal practice. This will be on the basis of specialist, clinical advice to ensure babies receive the most appropriate care.

Parents have now been informed of the result for their babies. At this stage, five babies who have the Pseudomonas bacteria on their skin have been identified, this is not causing active infection. The babies continue to receive the neonatal care they require. As a precautionary measure, babies' skin may be screened again as the situation requires to see if they are carrying the bacteria. All necessary precautions are being taken to avoid spread of infection.

Bio-decontamination of the intensive care part of the neo-natal unit at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital is now complete. The affected area in the unit at the hospital will remain closed while a team of specialists continues attempts to identify the most likely sources of the infection.

All other maternity services and wards in the Royal Jubilee Hospital are fully operational and working as normal. Expectant mothers should attend their appointments as scheduled.

The Trust, PHA and the Department will continue to monitor the situation.

What is Pseudomonas?

  • Pseudomonas is a germ or bacteria which is able to grow and survive in water and moist conditions
  • Pseudomonas can cause infection in newborn babies
  • It can also be found on the skin, in the absence of infection this is known as a ‘carrier’ state.

  • Screening for Pseudomonas
    • All babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit will be screened for pseudomonas
    • This involves taking a swab from the skin area of the underarm, bottom and groin
    • With Parents / guardians approval this screening will be undertaken
    • Parents will be informed of the results.

    Treatment

    • If pseudomonas is found on the skin and there is no infection treatment is not required
    • If pseudomonas is causing an infection a course of antibiotics will be given.