Eleven Charged With Manslaughter Over KPC Infections in Panama
Thursday, September 13 2012 @ 03:53 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The investigation of the case was initiated by the prosecutor Espinoza Sofanor the 29 July 2011, after 16 deaths were reported in the Hospital and contamination of at least 200 people with the KPC bacteria, which forced the closure of several areas of the hospital for the risk of infections spreading to other facilities. Then, the Legal Medicine Institute certified that 14 of the deaths occurred due to bacterial colonization in patients. In another 105 cases, however, the forensic experts suspect the deaths were caused by KPC, but they are not yet confirmed.
During the investigation the prosecutor took sworn statements from 40 CSS physicians who had contact with the patients, as well as infectious disease specialists at the Santo Tomas hospital, and the Gorgas Memorial Institute. Due to the deaths and infections, relatives of the victims filed 16 complaints in 2011 against the director of the CSS, Guillermo Sáez-Llorens, and the then Minister of Health, Franklin Vergara, that were later merged into one single file by order of the Supreme Court in August 2012. Already accumulated, the complaints were sent to the office of the Attorney General Jose Ayu Prado, who is in charge of processing the case. (Prensa)
Editor's Comment: These eleven people do not include the Director of the CSS or the Minister of Health, cases which are being handled separately. They have been charged with manslaughter because supposedly they did not adequately perform their duties of identifying the KPC bacteria, to prevent its spread, to keep it from infecting and killing other people.