‘Unusual’ bug hits hospital
Admissions to the National Burns Centre in south Auckland have been limited after a ‘‘highly unusual’’ multi-drug resistant organism infected three patients.
The first case – which is thought to have been acquired overseas – was detected in a patient on December 10.
Infection control measures were put in place, but a second patient was found to be infected on January 9.
A third patient was identified on February 3. The bug is a carbapenem-resistant organism, or CRO.
Carbapenems are a powerful group of antibiotics which are used for infections where other antibiotics have failed.
‘‘Whilst this is not a concern for most of our patients or the visiting public, CROs can have serious implications for patients such as burns patients,’’ Counties Manukau Health’s acting chief medical officer Vanessa Thornton said.
‘‘We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure these cases are contained, managed and eliminated before they spread further.’’
Multi-drug resistant organisms were often detected in hospital patients, but this was quite a unique bug, she said. It was of particular concern because of the patients’ vulnerability.
The National Burns Centre is located at Middlemore Hospital and cares for the most severe burn patients from around the country.
‘‘We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure these cases are contained.’’
Carbapenem-resistant organisms have been detected in three patients at the National Burns Centre.