Cluster of Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter cases in Queen Mary Hospital

The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The spokesperson for Queen Mary Hospital made the following announcement today (August 18):

     Three patients (aged 55 to 61) of a surgical ward have been confirmed as having Multi-drug Resistant Acinetobacter (MDRA) since August 6. One of them was confirmed to be an MDRA carrier without clinical symptoms and has already been discharged. The remaining two patients are infected cases and are still hospitalised under medical surveillance and isolation with stable condition.

     The following enhanced infection control measures have already been adopted:

1. Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of the ward concerned;
2. Application of stringent contact precautions, including dedicated use of clinical equipment for all patients in the ward concerned and enhanced hand hygiene;
3. Screening of all patients in the ward;
4. Enhanced environmental sampling for monitoring;
5. Enhanced attention to contamination-prone procedures;
6. Limiting visits to two people per patient during each visiting period; visitors are required to adhere to infection control practices.

     The cases have been reported to the Hospital Authority Head Office and the Centre for Health Protection for necessary follow-up. The hospital will continue to closely monitor the situation of the ward.

Ends/Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:56