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Health

Hospital Criticized for Babies' Deaths

Published onsdag 29 juli 2009 kl 11.31
Karolinska Hospital in Huddinge, Southern Stockholm.

Two Karolinska Hospitals in Stockholm have been strongly criticized for their handling of bacterial infections among premature babies. Three of the fifteen newborns who got sick from the resistant bacteria died, reports Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.

After the first two babies died, other babies in the same ward were tested to see if they also carried the bacteria. But they were moved to other wards before the test results were available, possibly infecting other infants.

Both Karolinska Hospital and the National Board of Health and Welfare have investigated the case.

"Our investigation points to failures in protocol, medical record keeping, and ignorance on many levels," Harriet Hillström of the health board says.

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