Two babies died and one was seriously ill after outbreaks of blood infection bacteria in a neo-Natal unit in Glasgow
- Three cases of Staphylococcus aureus blood clotting were found in a baby at Prince Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow
- Two babies were extremely ill because of their very early birth and they died, and infection was one of the many causes in both deaths.
- A third premature born baby who was positive to Staphylococcus aureus required the treatment of bacteria
Joe Middleton for Mailonline
Two babies have died and one is seriously ill after the outbreak of a blood infection bacterium in a neonatal unit in Glasgow.
The study was initiated after three cases of blood infection Staphylococcus aureus found in extremely premature babies in a neonatal unit at Royal Princess Hospital.
Two babies were extremely sick because of their very early birth and deceased. Infection was one of the many causes of both deaths.
The third premature born baby who had a positive test on Staphylococcus aureus required the treatment of the bacterium and is in a stable state.
The study was initiated after three cases of Staphylococcus aureus infection found in extremely premature babies in a neonatal unit at the Royal Princess Royal Hospital (pictured).
Dr. Barbara Weinhardt, a physician for infection control, said: "Our thoughts are with families affected.
The results confirmed today that three cases of Staphylococcus aureus are related and that our research continues in the way they are related.
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that is found on the skin and nose passage around one in four people and causes infection only when it enters the body.
In cases where people are susceptible to infections, this can cause serious infections.
"We have taken a number of control measures in the unit, including deep clean, isolation and care of obstacles, brief safety instructions for all employees and advice on infection control for all visitors."
The investigation will be conducted by the Incident Management Team (IMT), which is a group of medical specialists investigating the causes of the investigation and ensuring that there are preventive measures.
Dr. Alan Mathers, Head of Medicine, Women's and Children's Services, added: "The National Guidelines stipulate that research must be initiated when two or more cases of the same type of bacteria are found.
In this case, this was launched on January 24 and a meeting of the incident management team (IMT) was convened.
IMT started investigating possible links between three cases and sent testing samples.
As we expected these results, we talked with affected families, together with parents in the unit and staff, to inform them about our research.
The results returned today confirmed the link between these three cases.
"Our Infection Control team continues to work closely with colleagues and domestic staff to resolve the situation and take all necessary steps to maintain patient safety."