Two premature babies died after a blood vessel infection in a hospital in Glasgow, the third crisis of infection control that hit the city's health service within two weeks.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde confirmed on Wednesday evening investigating three cases in a neonatal unit at Princess Royal's maternity hospital. The report states that infection is "one of the many causes" of the death of two "extremely premature" babies, and one third of them have looked for treatment and were in stable condition.
Scottish prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday that they were investigating the deaths of two patients, a ten-year-old boy, and a 73-year-old woman who had been infected with pigeon-related infections at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. Another patient in the hospital is still severely ill after being infected with a special fungal infection called mucor.
Dr. Barbara Weinhardt, a physician for infection control, said several measures were taken at the Queen Elizabeth University, including deep clean, isolation and care, protection for all employees, and infection control tips for all visitors.
She said, "Our thoughts are with the families affected. The results confirmed that there were three cases Staphylococcus aureus are related and our research continues in the way they are related. "
Dr. Alan Mathers, Head of Medicine, Women's and Children's Services for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said the Incident Management Team meeting was held last Thursday.
"IMT began exploring possible links between these three cases and sent test samples. While waiting for these results, we talked with affected families, together with parents in the unit and staff, to let them know about our research. The results that came back confirmed the links between these three cases, "he said.
"Our infection control team continues to work closely with our clinical colleagues and domestic staff to manage the situation and take all the necessary steps to maintain patient safety."
Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton said that "significant vulnerability" in the Scottish health system has been highlighted in the past few weeks.
He said, "This is a desperate sad situation and my heart goes to a sick family. As soon as it is in possession of all the facts, the health secretary should appear in front of the parliament to convince patients that these outbreaks are affected and that where the necessary procedures are changed, further tragedies of this kind will be avoided. "