Though CPR was performed, the four infants died within 0 minutes of each some other while lying in incubators from the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Cardiac arrest in four infants hospitalized for premature birth is actually very unusual, according to the forensic service.
The babies were two girls, 9 days as well as 24 days old, as well as two boys, 5 weeks as well as 6 weeks old.
All four autopsies showed an expansion of gas from the intestines, which causes pain as well as could result in a rupture. A complete as well as precise diagnosis will not be made for about a month, during which time evaluations of microscopic specimens as well as some other tests, including blood tests, will be done.
One possible diagnosis based on the autopsy report is actually enteritis, an inflammation of the intestines that will can be caused by bacteria or a medication error.
Three of the infants’ blood culture tests before their deaths showed suspected bacterial infection, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control as well as Prevention.
The exact bacterial species will be confirmed Wednesday, the agency reported.
A a few-member team of forensic examiners, led by the director of the Central Forensic Medical Center, Lee Bong-woo, conducted the autopsies after allegations from the media that will the deaths were caused by bacterial infection, medical malpractice or some some other preventable cause.
According to the medical records, all the children were being fed by parenteral nutrition, in which fluids containing all necessary nutrients are given intravenously by the NICU, as well as only one child was using a ventilator, the National Forensic Service said.
The forensic team will examine the medication collected via the neonatal intensive care unit for contamination, while pathology tests will be conducted on the infants’ tissues. The environment the babies were in will also be re-examined in close cooperation with the KCDC as well as Seoul City health authorities.
After the investigation began, eight unrelated infants were transferred via the hospital, as well as four were discharged as requested by the KCDC.
While health authorities closely monitor the discharged as well as transferred babies, the KCDC is actually conducting an epidemiological investigation to find out the exact cause of death via a situation room set up at the medical center.
The deaths of these four babies occurs in a climate of concern about declining birth rates in South Korea.