Just one month after reopening its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Prince George’s Hospital Center has closed the NICU again after the potentially deadly bacteria resurfaced.
The hospital evacuated five infants after two tested positive for Pseudomonas.
The hospital center reopened on October 4 after being closed the previous two months, reassuring the public that the hospital was safe.
Now, infants were once again rushed from one hospital to another. It’s become an all too familiar route from the NICU at the Prince George’s Hospital Center to Children’s Hospital in D.C.
The potentially deadly bacteria Pseudomonas was found in the NICU water supply for the second time in three months.
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“Because I don’t trust nothing,” one woman said.
This woman’s granddaughter was in the Prince George’s NICU. She said that despite her premature granddaughter not being infected, she has had enough.
She said she hoped they would have cleaned it up the first time.
“I call PG County hospital ‘killer county,’” she said. “And I think it’s ridiculous what they’re doing with the NICU and the babies here and it should have never opened back up again.”
Denise Manning is so angry she didn’t want to be identified. Her brother is a patient at Prince George’s County. Doctors here have not been able to explain how the infants were exposed to Pseudomonas.
After infants were exposed back in August, doctors said the hospital flushed the water supply and installed bacteria-catching filters throughout the facility.
“We are working very closely with a team of experts to ensure that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is completely safe before we return to full operations,” said CEO Neal Moore back in August.
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After this latest case, the hospital issued a statement, once again, saying it will be “relentless in eliminating the bacterium however possible.”
“They don’t care because if they cared they would have never opened the NICU back up until they were 100 percent sure that everything was out of there.”
Pseudomonas is not that harmful to healthy adults, but it is a potentially deadly problem for babies.
The hospital said it is working with public health and infection experts to find the source. County and state officials are now a part of the investigation.
The full statement from hospital officials can be read here:
“Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our patients, as well as supporting the needs of our families,” said Sherry B. Perkins, PhD, RN, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Dimensions Healthcare System. “This is a complex epidemiological case, but our dedicated group of public health experts are working closely to determine the cause of this latest bacterium presence. We have concerns over the rediscovered presence within the NICU setting, but we will be relentless in researching and eliminating the bacterium however possible.”