Septic shock, infection cause death of four newborns in Bac Ninh

The Department of Health yesterday announced that septic shock caused death of four premature newborns while receiving intensive neonatal care at the Hospital of Obstetrics and Pediatrics in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

Health Minister Tien visits the section for taking care of premature babies in Bac Ninh hospital (Photo: SGGP)

Health Minister Tien visits the section for taking care of premature babies in Bac Ninh hospital (Photo: SGGP)

The scientific council arrived in the conclusion that septic shock and septic infection may be due to hospital-acquired infection.

Before, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and leaders of agencies liaised with the hospital on the incident. Director of Maternal and Child Health Department Nguyen Duc Vinh said that it is an anomaly because one after another were announced dead within seven hours while receiving neonatal treatment at the hospital. Because, the average mortality rate of newborns in Vietnam is 400-500 a year.

The health minister asked the hospital to review its infection control procedures which might lead to septic shock and infection for the babies. She blamed patient overload for hospital-acquired infection.


Director of the hospital Dr. Le Van Nam attributed the dead newborns were also “low birth weight” ones. Right after the incident, 12 other babies in critical condition were soon transferred to the National Children Hospital and the Pediatric Department of Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.

By QUOC LAP – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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