Archive for March, 2011

What is the 2011 “SUPERBUG” CRKP?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The bacteria carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP has been found in two cases in California medical facilities.

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This extremely deadly bacteria produces pneumonia-like symptoms and seems to be more prevalent among the elderly, especially those in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

Carbapenems, which are powerful antibiotics, are not effective against CRKP due to the bacteria’s production of enzymes that defend against the super-antibiotics. This makes treatment difficult and forces doctors to use a cocktail of several antibiotics in an attempt to cure the patient.

The areas affected include San Bernadino and Los Angeles county. Health officials in these areas have been notified and are keeping an eye out for those who have potentially been infected with CRKP.

SOURCE: www.ecanadanow.com

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California RCFE Colostomy Care Section 87621

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Regulations RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES FOR THE ELDERLY 87621
87621 COLOSTOMY/ILEOSTOMY 87621
(a) Except as specified in Section 87611(a), the licensee shall be permitted to accept or retain a resident who has a colostomy or ileostomy under the following circumstances:
(1) If the resident is mentally and physically capable of providing all routine care for his/her ostomy, and the physician has documented that the ostomy is completely healed.
OR
(2) If assistance in the care of the ostomy is provided by an appropriately skilled professional.
(b) In addition to Section 87611(b), the licensees shall be responsible for the following:
(1) Ensuring that ostomy care is provided by an appropriately skilled professional.
(A) The ostomy bag and adhesive may be changed by facility staff who have been instructed by the professional.
(B) There shall be written documentation by an appropriately skilled professional outlining the instruction of the procedures delegated and the names of the facility staff who have been instructed.
(C) The professional shall review the procedures and techniques no less than twice a month.
(2) Ensuring that used bags are discarded as specified in Section 87303(f)(1).
(3) Privacy shall be afforded when ostomy care is provided.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 1569.30, Health and Safety Code. Reference: Sections 1569.2 and 1569.312, Health and Safety Code.
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