Fatal course of neonatal citrobacter infection and its legal evaluation

Authors: Z. Kokrdová 1,3;  J. Janouch 2
Authors‘ workplace: Porodnicko-gynekologická klinika, Pardubická krajská nemocnice, a. s., přednosta doc. MUDr. M. Košťál, CSc. 1;  Fakulta vojenského zdravotnictví, katedra veřejného zdravotnictví UO Hradec Králové, děkan plk. doc. MUDr. R. Chlíbek, Ph. D. 2;  Fakulta zdravotnických studií, Univerzita Pardubice, děkan prof. MUDr. A. Pellant, DrSc. 3
Published in: Ceska Gynekol 2011; 76(1): 68-71


The article describes fatal course of citrobacter central nervous system infection in the neonates and the subsequent legal responsibility of the medical facility.

Case report with the review of a lawyer specialized in medical law.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Studies, University of Pardubice, Pardubice, Faculty of Military Health Science, University of Defence, Hradec Králové.

The court granted plaintiff’s claim has been fully paid by the insurance company, since it did not show the fault of the medical facility. Health injury was caused by operational activites and the right to compensation is in accordance with § 420a of the Civil Code.

Key words:
nosocomial infections, legal responsibility.


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