“Every time you touch a baby in intensive care there is a potential risk of an infection” says retired Professor and former Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) paediatrician Garth McClure who has been talking about the current pseudomonas outbreak at the Royal Jubilee Maternity’s neo-natal unit. He speaks about the constant battle to curb infections in the children’s intensive unit.
Professor McClure added:
“The most important thing is to be scrupulously clean with your hands.
“Don’t handle a baby unless you have to. You should not ever touch a baby unless there is some very good reason for doing so, because you should know ever time you touch a baby there is a potential risk of an infection.
“Water can leak out of the baby and infection can leak into the baby. We used to talk about the skin being the third kidney of the baby.”
Listen to the wisdom of Dr McClure who spent over half a century caring for sick children: