Children’s Hospital Infections

New Orleans Children's Hospital Infections Cases

Children’s Hospital of New Orleans has confirmed that, in the summer of 2017, a bacteria on its surgical equipment caused an outbreak of infections on children who had undergone cardiac surgery at the hospital.

At least 12 children have been hospitalized as a result, and there is a chance there could be many more who are affected.

The bacteria, mycobacterium abscessus, is described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as, “distantly related to the ones that cause tuberculosis and Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy). It is part of a group of environmental mycobacteria and is found in water, soil, and dust. It has been known to contaminate medications and products, including medical devices.”

If your child has received treatment at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans in the recent past, and you suspect they may have been affected by this bacterial outbreak, please contact our office today for a free consultation with a Medical Malpractice attorney. We can be reached at 504-433-5550.