UNN: The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision has been notified that three corona patients died in an infection outbreak

University Hospital of Northern Norway HF TromsøPhoto: Terje Pedersen / NTB
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Three seriously ill corona patients died after an infection outbreak at the University Hospital of Northern Norway (UNN) earlier this month. The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision has been notified.

The three patients were in intensive care due to COVID-19, but died of blood poisoning and acute circulatory failure as a result of bacterial infection, the UNN stated in a press release.

“The direct cause of death was septic shock as a result of bacterial infection. The condition was treated but could not be reversed,” department head Haakon Lindekleiv at the UNN stated in the report.

Following the deaths, microbiological examinations were performed, in which the bacterium pseudomonas aeruginosa from the same strain was detected in the patients’ blood. The patients were likely infected from the same source while they were admitted to UNN.

Review of routines

The incidents have led to strict measures being introduced in intensive care, and all routines have been reviewed with a view to infection control. Investigations are also underway to find the source of the infection.

“We take the fact that outbreaks of infection have been detected at the intensive care unit very seriously. At the same time, our health personnel responded quickly to the incidents and ensured that this was discovered after a short time,” Lindekleiv said.

So far, the infection has been detected in another patient, but the person in question is responding to the treatment, according to the UNN. The Norwegian Board of Health Supervision is now following up on the incidents.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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