The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children is open and admitting emergency patients.
The Unit has seen a rise in the number of children with a relatively common bug - Pseudomonas aeruginosa - and as a precaution the hospital’s infection control team are taking comprehensive measures to ensure patient safety. These measures include disinfecting taps, work surfaces, trolleys and other equipment.
Over the past eight weeks the bug has been found in eight children. Due to the difference in strains the hospital’s infection control team is treating the current situation as a cluster of cases.
Five children with the bug remain in the PICU although two are expected to leave the Unit within the next 24 hours.
Dr Bob Masterton, Consultant Microbiologist, stressed that no other part of the hospital is affected and the other three patients are currently stable and receiving appropriate treatment.
As a precautionary measure the hospital has postponed four elective admissions to the PICU and families of the children who were due to come into hospital for surgery have been contacted.
Notes to Editors
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a relatively common organism found naturally in water, soil, plants and on humans.
It is an organism that tends to cause disease only in susceptible people whose immune system is suppressed and is generally not a risk to healthy people. Normally it can be successfully treated with antibiotics.
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