Hospital under fire over bacteria deaths
Doctors claim that 18 people have died after being infected with a drug-resistant strain of the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria.13 May 2008
MADRID - A patients' association on Monday slammed Madrid's 12 de Octubre Hospital for suggesting that people should accept the risk of bacterial infections when undergoing treatment.
"It is unacceptable," Carmen Flores, a spokeswoman for the Patients' Ombudsman Association, said.
Her comments follow claims by doctors that 18 people have died at the hospital over the last two years as a result of becoming infected with a drug-resistant strain of the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria - something hospital directors have denied.
Acinetobacter baumannii has also been described as a contributing factor to a further 83 deaths at the hospital.
Spanish prosecutors are currently probing whether the deaths could have been prevented.
[El Pais / Expatica]