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December 5, 2020

Colectiv fire: Three patients at Burn Surgery Hospital of Bucharest died because of infections (physician)

Three persons injured in the fire at the Colectiv club in Bucharest on October 30 who were hospitalised at the Burn Surgery Hospital of Bucharest died because of hospital infections, the hospital’s spokesman, dr. Adrian Stanculea, said on Thursday.

“We had 26 injured hospitalised, out of whom six passed away, and almost sure three of them died because hospital infections,” the doctor said.

Adrian Stanculea added that patients from the Colectiv fire also died in hospitals from abroad and mentioned that many of the injured who left the Burn Surgery Hospital took off with sterile cultures.

“Many patients who left from here took off with sterile cultures. It is true that afterwards some of the cultures, before leaving, got positive. After four days, they showed that there is a contamination degree, but there is a difference between contamination and infection. What they came up with could look like a contamination, not necessarily infection,” Adrian Stanculea explained.

According to him, at the Burn Surgery Hospital of Bucharest there is a certain degree of hospital infection within “acceptable” limits, not necessarily comparable with the ones in the civilized countries, yet within acceptable limits.


 Ex-President Traian Basescu: “Do not pretend you were unfamiliar since 2008 with infections in hospitals


Ex-President Traian Basescu pointed out in a message published on Facebook that Health Ministers have been fully aware since as early as 2008 of the issue of infections inside hospitals as well as of the fact that “medical care provided in Romanian hospitals was not based on guides or protocols.”

Traian Basescu posted on his Facebook page an excerpt of the “Presidential Committee Report for the analysis and elaboration of policies in the field of public health in Romania – 2008”, elaborated during his first term as President.

“The medical care provided in Romanian hospitals is not based on guides and protocols, and the supplied services and accomplished results are not evaluated and monitored accordingly; the activity of hospitals is sporadically subjected to audits and clinical evaluation. Under these circumstances, the nosocomial infections return periodically, with consequences that may include the death of patients, especially the most sensitive ones, the newborn and the elderly. Another method to improve quality, largely used internationally, the accreditation of hospitals, is not applied, despite of laws issued in 2006, as well as in 1999”, the report pointed out.



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