SolerLaw’s investigation of the acinetobacter baumanni outbreak in the UPR Hospital of Carolina, has reflected that, contrary to the public information provided by the Hospital and the Health Care Department, there is direct evidence that, since December 2011, cases of patients infected by the bacteria have existed in the Hospital. The information disclosed by the Department of Health up to this moment has indicated that presence of the bacteria was discovered in the Hospital since May 2012.
The Hospital had a legal obligation of reporting the detection of any multiresistant bacteria to the Department of Health, as to reinforce the measures to avoid infection. Obviously, the presence of said bacteria was not informed by the Hospital as the law requires it to do. This caused and/or contributed to the propagation of the bacteria throughout the different floors of the Hospital. We will keep you inform.