Drug-resistant bacterium hits Southland healthcare facilities

From The Los Angeles Times:  A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has reached Southern California healthcare facilities, according to a study released Thursday by Los Angeles County public health officials. Researchers found 356 cases of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients, said author Dr. Dawn Terashita, a […]

Hot Tea and Coffee May Lower MRSA Risk

From Medscape Pauline Anderson July 12, 2011 — New research shows that people who drink hot tea or coffee are about half as likely to have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in their nasal passages as those who abstain, raising the prospect of a safe, inexpensive, and easily accessible way to decrease MRSA. “In an effort […]

Should My Parent Have an In-Home Caregiver Stay With Them At The Hospital?

The answer is: Yes! Whenever a patient, whether or not the patient is a Senior, is admitted overnight to stay in a hospital, we recommend that someone else stay with them at all times to advocate for them, to be an observer/witness for what takes place, and to be there for them when they need […]

How Clean Are the Curtains at Your Hospital in San Diego County?

Have you ever wondered just how clean the rooms are in your hospital in San Diego County? You probably have little concern about the bed sheets, which are changed every day, or the actual medical equipment that is sterilized frequently. But what about the other, less often addressed surfaces in the room? The privacy curtain […]

What Do I Need To Know About Healthcare-Associated Infections?

When you go to a hospital or a doctor’s office, you expect to get better, and you certainly don’t expect to contract a NEW infection while you’re there. Unfortunately, there has been a rapid growth in cases of hospital-related infections (“HAIs”)like MRSA and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). We have seen examples of this problem with several […]