Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
ROME

Twenty probed for hospital death of newborn in Rome

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(ANSA) - Rome, July 24 - A total of 20 people are being
probed at Rome's San Giovanni Hospital for the death of newborn
baby on June 29, investigators said on Tuesday.
Seven doctors and 13 nurses are under investigation for the
death of an infant who was allegedly given milk interveneously
rather than a saline drip.
On Monday, Ignazio Marino, President of the Commission of
Inquiry for the National Health Service, fingered lack of
resources along with human error as the cause of the "tragic
mistake".
Italian consumer group Codacons said on Tuesday that the
family originally from the Philippines living in Italy would
receive free legal assistance from the association.
Investigators are probing the hospital's adherence to 2001
EU neonatology hospital norms and guidelines that regulate,
among other procedures, intravenous treatments.
At present, "approximately 10 hospitals in the country are
equipped to follow the outlined preventative safeguards", said
the Italian Society for Neonatology.
The mother told investigators on Monday that she found out
about the cause of death through media reports, not the hospital
staff.
An autopsy will be performed on the 30-month-old baby to
confirm the cause of death, investigators said.

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