As reported by the Washington Post and other local media, the presence of potentially fatal Pseudomonas bacteria in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Prince George’s County Hospital Center was uncovered in the wake of the deaths of two infants. While the facts relating to the cause of those deaths are unclear, the hospital has closed the NICU and is relocating the remaining patients.
First reported by ABC-affiliate WJLA, the deaths led the hospital to conduct extensive testing that revealed the potentially fatal Pseudomonas bacteria had originated in water pipes near the infant care unit. While three other babies have tested positive for the bacteria, those infants have not shown any symptoms of Pseudomonas-related illness.
Hospitals that filter out and/or effectively treat water to reduce bacterial load succeed in protecting patients/babies from infection. If your infant/baby contracted bacterial infections while hospitalized and/or in NICU, please use the form below to contact Lieff Cabraser lawyer Fabrice Vincent for a free baby infection injury consultation, or call us toll-free at 1 800 541-7358.