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Healthcare Inspectorate Wales Independent Review of the Management of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Boards (ABMU) Response to the ESBL E.COLI cross Infection in the Maternity/Neonatal Unit at Singleton Hospital

HIW is to undertake an independent review of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board's response to the outbreak & cross infection of ESBL E.COLI that occured at the maternity/neonatal unit in November 2011.

This outbreak resulted in the death of one premature baby at the maternity unit in Singleton. The subsequent death of a second baby was found to be due to an infection that was contracted outside the hospital.
This review will commence after the Health Board has concluded its own internal investigation.
Terms of Reference
HIW will undertake a focused review to ensure that the Health Board:
  • took all reasonable steps to identify and address the cause(s) of the cross infection.
  • managed the matter in an effective and timely manner that avoided further incidents of cross-infection.
  • has learnt from the incidents and put in place arrangements that will minimise future cross infection.
HIW will report upon its findings and make any recommendations it sees fit to ensure any necessary improvement to the safety of services and the safeguarding of service users.

Source: Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)