Some eighteen children who underwent internal investigations at a leading children’s hospital were put at risk of contracting a bug which can lead to kidney or blood infections.
The parents of the children who attended Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick children between May 17 and July 5 for colonoscopy exams of the bowel are now being contacted and asked to bring the youngsters back to be treated with antibiotics.
The bug, known as ESBL, can cause infection and lead to more illness for young people whose defences are already weakened due to some other condition
Doctors discovered the bug in a crack in one of the endoscopes used on the children on July 6 but are only tracing the families now.
It is understood that around 15 of the 18 families involved have now been contacted and asked to bring the children back to the hospital for antibiotic treatment.
Some of the families are on holiday and have yet to learn about the alert.
The children would have been undergoing the investigations for different conditions , predominantly problems related to the bowel..
The existence of the bug raises major questions for the hospital about its infection control procedures.
It was discovered during normal surveillance of the instrument and the bug is likely to have been passed on by another infected child.
The children are expected to make a full recovery after undergoing the course of antibiotics.