9-Feb-2012

Hospitals get guidance on Pseudomonas

Abstract

Advice issued to healthcare facilities on reducing the risk of harbouring the bacteria in their water supplies

Deadlegs in water systems are perfect breeding grounds for the bacteria

Following the outbreak of Pseudomonas that killed three babies in a neonatal maternity unit in Northern Ireland, industry experts have issued guidance to hospital trusts on how to reduce the risk of Pseudomonas bacteria in water supplies.

The Department of Health’s chief medical officer and scientific advisor, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has published updated advice to assist health providers in preventing and controlling the superbug in special care units.

She said: “It is important the NHS takes all the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of contamination with Pseudomonas. aeruginosa bacteria, which can cause significant infections in very sick patients.

“The guidance we are issuing today reminds healthcare providers of the importance of high standards of infection control. It also provides them with helpful advice on best practice to prevent Pseudomonas in specialist care units, and gives clear and concise information on how to manage the risks.”

The publication follows the deaths of three babies at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital. They were all found to have contracted Pseudomonas , which was later traced to taps on the ward.

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