Dutch microbiologists are disciplined for delays during pneumonia outbreak

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 30 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e755
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. 1Utrecht

The Dutch Healthcare Inspectorate has filed a rare medical disciplinary complaint against a group of three medical microbiologists, aimed at reaffirming standards of hospital care when tackling outbreaks of infection involving multiple antibiotic resistant bacteria.

The action comes after a highly critical report by the inspectorate into an outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae Oxa-48 at Maasstad Hospital, Rotterdam.

The outbreak continued without proper action for more than a year, infecting more than 100 patients and causing very probably three and possibly a further 10 deaths. Up to 4000 patients risked exposure, having shared a room with an infected patient.

The inspectorate concludes that the “seriousness, extent, and duration” …

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