5 infants injured in hospital newborn unit; nurse suspended

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A federal agency has said that five infants suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, rib, and arm in the newborn unit of a Wisconsin hospital and the nurse who cared for them has been suspended.

The Wisconsin State Journal said UnityPoint Health-Meriter hospital in Madison didn't respond to the suspected abuse until early last month when staff noticed two babies with bruises. An internal investigation revealed two similar cases last year and one from January.

Quoting a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report, the newspaper said the federal agency threatened to cancel its contract with the hospital.

The agency told Meriter in a February 23th letter that the situation "is so serious that it constitutes an immediate threat to patient health safety."

Meriter said it is cooperating with authorities and has implemented new safety measures.

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