Three babies poisoned by IV drip

Three babies poisoned by IV drip

Three babies poisoned by IV drip

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An investigation has been launched after three premature babies contracted blood poisoning in a neonatal intensive care unit.

The three babies are being treated for septicaemia at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, caused by a bacteria known as bacillus cereus.

Public Health England have indicated that the children were infected after receiving “parental nuitrition” intravenuously.

The three babies are among 15 affected at six trusts across the country in the incident.

One baby has died but the three babies in Brighton are said to be responding well to treatment.

A spokesman for the Royal Sussex County Hospital said: “I can confirm that at the weekend three babies in the neo-natal unit all came down with this bug.

“It has been tracked down to a batch of food that we give to the babies by a saline drip and the three babies have all be treated with anti-biotics.

“They have responded well and have all progressed well. All families have been kept informed about what is going on and the progress being made.

“Following an investigation by Public Health England the batch has been withdrawn and we will continue to work closely with them.”

 

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6:55pm Wed 4 Jun 14

whatone says...

A date expired batch of drugs produced by ITH Pharma Limited according to the BBC...

Profit before lives?
A date expired batch of drugs produced by ITH Pharma Limited according to the BBC... Profit before lives? whatone
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9:09pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Cilla26 says...

Should read "Parenteral Nutrition"
What 's written in this report has quite a different (and insensitive) meaning..........

Not the only mistake either..... come on Argus.....must do better!
Should read "Parenteral Nutrition" What 's written in this report has quite a different (and insensitive) meaning.......... Not the only mistake either..... come on Argus.....must do better! Cilla26
  • Score: 10

9:49pm Wed 4 Jun 14

tez1959 says...

sue em poor babies hope they make a speedy recovery and have a wonderful future bless em i can imagine what the parents were going through good luck to you my thoughts are with you ........
sue em poor babies hope they make a speedy recovery and have a wonderful future bless em i can imagine what the parents were going through good luck to you my thoughts are with you ........ tez1959
  • Score: -1

12:33am Thu 5 Jun 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

whatone wrote:
A date expired batch of drugs produced by ITH Pharma Limited according to the BBC...

Profit before lives?
No, I believe you have misread the article - the BBC does not claim the batch was used when expired...I understand it as reassurance that the it will not have been used in the last 2 days. The BBC article could perhaps have been worded more clearly: "the batch expired on Monday so will not have been used from then".
Several other hospitals and, apparently, 15 babies affected. The dedicated pharmacy and neonatal staff are certainly not motivated by profit - that's a horrible and hurtful suggestion.
However, yes, bean counting government minions are being nestled nicely into senior NHS management positions to ferment the Tory/UKIP privatisation fetish and, I believe one day quite soon, people might well be paying additional insurance to cover the £3000+ per day fees for neonatal support (or it will be withdrawn). The American system seemed to have failed but the UK seems to be getting forced into adopting it...despite the incredible effeciency from the NHS and innovations that see European hospitals (with fewer migration issues) trying to adopt.
The clinical staff in this specialty are invariably totally dedicated - nobody sits around eating Quality Street in neonatology. Those involved and others will be devastated by this tragedy. The NHS staff at all the hospitals involved would never use expired drugs and would obviously be very distressed at such a suggestion.
The government just pushed through legislation that means 50% of hospitals (that are publicly owned) can be used for private patients.
We won't be hearing much about another distasteful privatisation carve-up designed to deliver shareholder dividends rather than healthy babies.
[quote][p][bold]whatone[/bold] wrote: A date expired batch of drugs produced by ITH Pharma Limited according to the BBC... Profit before lives?[/p][/quote]No, I believe you have misread the article - the BBC does not claim the batch was used when expired...I understand it as reassurance that the it will not have been used in the last 2 days. The BBC article could perhaps have been worded more clearly: "the batch expired on Monday so will not have been used from then". Several other hospitals and, apparently, 15 babies affected. The dedicated pharmacy and neonatal staff are certainly not motivated by profit - that's a horrible and hurtful suggestion. However, yes, bean counting government minions are being nestled nicely into senior NHS management positions to ferment the Tory/UKIP privatisation fetish and, I believe one day quite soon, people might well be paying additional insurance to cover the £3000+ per day fees for neonatal support (or it will be withdrawn). The American system seemed to have failed but the UK seems to be getting forced into adopting it...despite the incredible effeciency from the NHS and innovations that see European hospitals (with fewer migration issues) trying to adopt. The clinical staff in this specialty are invariably totally dedicated - nobody sits around eating Quality Street in neonatology. Those involved and others will be devastated by this tragedy. The NHS staff at all the hospitals involved would never use expired drugs and would obviously be very distressed at such a suggestion. The government just pushed through legislation that means 50% of hospitals (that are publicly owned) can be used for private patients. We won't be hearing much about another distasteful privatisation carve-up designed to deliver shareholder dividends rather than healthy babies. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 16

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