New death from superbug at NIH facility

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

September 18, 2012

A seventh patient has died due to a drug-resistant strain of the bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae that has been contracted by 19 patients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. since August 2011. The latest victim, a boy who received a bone marrow transplant last year, tested positive for the superbug in July and succumbed to the infection on September 7.

NIH attempted to slow the spread of the superbug last year when it first appeared by isolating infected patients, monitoring physicians and nurses for proper hand-washing techniques, and coating patients’ rooms with disinfectant. As a federal facility, the NIH clinical center is not required to report hospital-borne infections to the state, but has informed Maryland health department officials and county health officials of the boy’s death. The NIH is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the outbreak, which does not pose a risk to health people outside of hospitals, according to the director of the clinical center.     

Source: The Washington Post