Doctors working with children with severely weakened immune systems tested positive for coronavirus after the infection. Hospital officials confirmed Wednesday that three doctors at Madison Medical Center Children's Hospital tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to the virus that doctors contracted last month.
Doctors had been working with children with severely compromised immune systems for about a week before they knew they had the virus, hospital officials said, although the vast majority of the children tested were hospital staff and 10 patients. In an interview Wednesday, the director of the Children's Hospital Madison Medical Center's infectious diseases division, Dr. David Cox-Dobrozsi, said three doctors, all of whom are considered at high risk of developing serious respiratory diseases, tested positive for the virus. No follow-up tests have been completed, as far as he knows, but he shared an expert report on hematology with the Wisconsin Department of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control.
Several doctors at Children's Wisconsin raised concerns about the work of child protection specialists before Cox's ordeal, but after watching the treatment of his case, they see many of the team's practices in a new light. Several doctors said child abuse specialists had sent them notes scolding doctors for not labeling children, even though doctors did not believe the children had been abused. Sheets suggested she change her medical records because she was concerned that child protection services would have stopped investigating if the language had raised concerns about abuse by the attending doctor.
Dobrozsi said she soon identified the nurse who reported numerous bruises to authorities and the pediatrician who had seen the baby the day before. She examined the babies later in the day and also found three small bruises, but said the doctor who examined them days earlier had not noticed any more bruises.
In addition to confirming the initial concerns that prompted Cox to take the babies to the doctor, the healing of the collarbone fracture appeared in medical records reviewed by four orthopaedic surgeons and confirming the account Cox had given to authorities. In a complaint filed last year by Cox and Dobrozsi, the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office, John Chisholm, defended the work of child abuse specialists at the hospital.
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