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The bacterium Klebsiella pneumoniae Carbapenemase (KPC), highly resistant to antibiotics, infected a series of people at the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, being at the moment the wing of the 6th and 8th floors of that hospital quarantine unit, covering more than 50 beds. A situation that is causing great concern among health professionals and the patients themselves.

Asked by the Diario Noticias, the Health Service of the Autonomous Region of Madeira (SESARAM EPE) reported that the bacterium was identified in the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça in a patient with chronic, immunodepressed pathology, with a history of prolonged hospitalisation in different hospitals outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

He also explained that after the diagnosis of this situation, isolation / quarantine measures were taken in the existing services on these floors (Orthopedics, Nephrology and Urology) and during this period, the screening of all hospitalised patients in the three referenced services took place, in a total of 58 patients.

“Thus, it was decided that there would be no new admissions of patients on the floors in question and the recommended infection safety and infection control measures are being implemented in order to minimize the effects of this situation on hospitalised users and professionals,” said SESARAM , stating that, for this reason, visits to patients will be limited to one patient per patient, with a maximum stay of 30 minutes.

Finally, the Health Service clarified that “the safety of professionals and visitors is safeguarded through compliance with the stipulated protection measures”.