Five Wisconsin Newborns Seriously Injured

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Five infants suffered serious injuries in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital.

Nurse suspended after 5 newborns injured
in hospital

MADISON, WI  –  Five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended, a federal agency said in a report after it inspected the hospital.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital in Madison didn’t respond to the suspected abuse until early last month, when staff noticed two babies with bruises.  An internal investigation revealed two similar cases last year and one from January.  The identity of the suspended nurse has not been released.

Quoting a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, the newspaper said the federal agency was so concerned about the hospital’s response that it threatened to cancel its Medicare contract with Meriter.

The agency told Meriter in a Feb. 23 letter that the situation “is so serious that it constitutes an immediate threat to patient health safety.”

Meriter spokeswoman Jessika Kastern said the hospital is cooperating with authorities and has implemented new safety measures.

According to the inspection report, staff in the 42-bed unit noticed bruising on the arm of an infant on Feb. 2.  A doctor thought it might be from the baby clutching wires or an IV device.  The next day, staff noticed bruising on the arm and wrist of another baby.  A doctor thought it might be from a tightly wrapped blanket.

On Feb. 4, staff saw bruising on the second baby’s face and three days after that they discovered a lump on the baby’s head.  A CT scan Feb. 8 showed the baby had skull and arm fractures.  The nurse was suspended.

The Madison police department is investigating.

Meriter told the agency that it has assigned a security guard to the newborn unit and is putting cameras in all rooms.  Each nurse will now care for two patients instead of three in the unit, which handles babies in intensive care.

4 thoughts on “Five Wisconsin Newborns Seriously Injured”

    1. Yes it is disgusting, but moreso it is an OUTRAGE.
      You think about this: We have allowed the AMA to police themselves, and when I say we, I mean WE THE PEOPLE!!!!
      Medical Professionals have a much higher chance of abusing drugs and developing an addiction than any other profession.
      Before anyone says something foolish, let me say that these people are not forced into this profession.
      They can’t blame this on all the blood and gore they see on a day-to-day basis. Law Enforcement sees this every minute of every day, as do the Men and Women in Our Armed Forces.
      You do your absolute best in every thing you do, and that will alieviate any chance of guilt creeping in.
      Robert

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