The Geysinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, about 70 miles north of Harrisburg, discovered the infection in July. The infection is caused by a pseudomonas bacterium that grows in water. Three babies died and another five became ill within two months of being discovered, according to a hospital spokesman. All infected babies are born prematurely.
"We concluded that exposure comes from the process we use to prepare donor breast milk," says Edward Hartley, Geisinger's executive vice president and chief medical officer.
Specifically, the exposure comes from equipment used to measure breast milk that "helps
"We have changed this process since September 30 and have been using disposable equipment to measure and administer the donor's breast milk," Hartley says. "We have not had any new ones. cases of babies who have broken up have been suffering from pseudomonas in the (intensive care unit) after this change. "
The Pennsylvania Department of Health visited the Geysinger Medical Center on October 18 and indicated that there was no written policy to clean the measuring equipment."
We immediately corrected the citation and drafted a new policy, "Hartley said.
Hartley emphasized that donor breast milk is already safe.
"We are sure that the milk itself was not the cause of the exposure," he said.
Mothers who have premature babies will be sent to another hospital until normal surgery can resume at Geisinger, the release said.
"We would like to extend our sincere apologies to the families affected by this incident," states Hartley's statement. "We know that the public holds us to the highest standards and we will continue to strive to live up to those expectations that we have throughout our history by constantly improving what we do and how we do it."