Dr. Mark Shelley, director of infection prevention at Geisinger, told ABC News the center found no evidence of the bacteria throughout the hospital.
"It's really too soon to say exactly where the organism is coming from," Shelley told the network, though hospital officials have confirmed the reported infections were confined exclusively to the NICU.
In addition to working in tandem with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to eliminate the bacteria and prevent additional cases, Shelley told ABC News the medical center has taken several proactive steps such as extra cleaning, the addition of tap filters and tweaked internal protocols.
Meanwhile, Geisinger is diverting infants born at less than 32 weeks and moms who may deliver that early to other hospitals, WNEP reported.
"We express our deepest sympathies and provide our full support to the families and loved ones who have been affected," the hospital's statement continued, adding, "We will continue our meticulous and comprehensive infection control practices to reduce the risk of any infection in any infant, and we remain committed to providing the highest level of family-centered neonatal care for our families and babies."
Read the medical center's full NICU update here.
The neonatal intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville recently experienced an increase in cases of...Posted by Geisinger on Monday, October 7, 2019