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Combination Therapy Proving Successful Against B. Cepacia Infections

Burkholderia cepacia, or B. cepacia, is a bacterial infection that is most commonly associated with patients who suffer from cystic fibrosis. However, the bacterial infection can be contracted in a number of other ways, including ingestion of contaminated products. UPDATE: B. Cepacia infectionsconnected to contaminated Rugby brands including Diocto stool softener. Several studies have been underway to try to determine effective treatments for B. cepacia because it proves to be antibiotic resistant for most patients. The mortality rates of those suffering from B. cepacia are as high as 36% in some cases, even when cystic fibrosis is not present. The [...]

B. Cepacia Infections Linked to Flush Syringes

Burkholderia cepacia outbreaks have been found to be linked to several medical products over the last two years including stool softening products such as Diocto, cleansing cloths, and now I.V. flush syringes. B. cepacia is a bacterial infection that tends to hit people who are already ill, the hardest. Sufferers of cystic fibrosis, pneumonia or other lung conditions tend to have the most difficulty recovering from the bacterial infection. The bacteria is resistant to antibiotics, and it makes it extremely difficult to treat patients who have been affected by the outbreak. Initially, there have been 13 instances of people who [...]

What Are Surgical Never Events?

Preventable surgical mistakes, or surgical never events, occur all too often, putting patients at risk for worsened medical conditions or death. People in the Houston Metro area, and throughout Texas, frequently require surgical interventions. This may be to repair internal damage, treat the symptoms of certain medical ailments or to address other conditions. When going under the knife, patients generally expect their conditions to improve, not worsen. All too often, however, preventable physician errors and medical mistakes occur, putting patients at risk. What are surgical never events? Some medical mistakes are unavoidable. However, others should not occur provided health care [...]

Texas Nursing Home Neglect High Says AARP

The state of Texas has sued nursing homes over legal violations underscoring that families must vigilantly monitor care quality in Texas nursing homes. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in June 2014 that the Texas Attorney General's Office has filed three nursing-home neglect lawsuits against long-term care facilities on behalf of DADS or the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the state agency charged with overseeing and licensing nursing homes and other long-term care facilities: Against Oakwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Arlington alleging many licensing violations, including improper care and treatment of bedsores, also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers, [...]

Sick Hospital Employees Pose Health Risk

In the height of flu season, there are plenty of sniffles, headaches and upset stomachs to go around. Sometimes a person with a bad cold or flu ends up in a clinic or hospital - but it is not always a patient. Sick hospital employees can cause patients to develop infections as well. According to a number of recent studies, doctors and other healthcare workers are more likely than those in other fields to go in to work despite admitting that the state of their own health warrants a sick day. This dangerous trend can cause medical malpractice. Around three [...]