03 Oct 2018

Infection Prevention Practitioners – The Silent Heroes

Infection prevention. It’s that Clark Kent working behind the scenes to save lives before Superman saves lives. Working behind the scenes is an infection prevention practitioner.  Usually a nurse, he or she has been trained to prevent infections in healthcare facilities.  Remembering what we were taught in nursing school and medical school (along with common sense) equips everyone with the tools to prevent unnecessary healthcare acquired illnesses and impacts lives in an unseen fashion. With each process that is forgotten during our daily working lives in healthcare, it is like unleashing billions of enemy bacteria to invade our patients. If only we could see with our naked eyes the influence our actions have over these viruses and bacteria when we sanitize our hands, scrub the hub, and vaccinate our patients. And if only we could plainly see the repercussions if we do not believe our influence is real and we do not take these actions. Building an infection prevention program or maintaining and improving existing…

19 Jan 2018
12 Aug 2017

Vital Rx dba Atlantic Pharmacy and Compounding, Pompano Beach, FL FDA Alert

This pharmacy was inspected by the FDA who allegedly found evidence of lack of sterility. The company had not issued a recall so the FDA is now issuing an FDA alert to those patients and providers who use this compounding pharmacy. The FDA uses USP pharmacy standards to asses for the sterility practices of a compounding pharmacy. If there is a lack of sterility, bacteria and viruses and fungi can be contaminating the medications given and can cause illness or death. Check out the FDA Alert here

27 Jul 2017

New Case of Locally Acquired Mosquito Borne Zika Virus in Texas

Just as we thought we were safe from Zika, a new infection with Zika virus was found July 26, 2017 in Hidalgo County, Texas, which is just outside of Brownsville in Southern Texas on the Mexico border. There have been hundreds of imported infections nationwide in 2017 from a variety of countries mostly in the Caribbean, but this is the first locally acquired infection this year. The information provided below is from the Texas Department of Health website: Obviously, and similar to last year, use mosquito spray with at least 20% DEET when you are outside in areas where mosquito bites (or tick bites) are likely to occur. Wear long pants and long sleeves.

18 Jul 2017

Measles Scare After Anti-Vaxxers Gain Foothold in Minnesota

Throughout the first part of 2017, according to a new report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the CDC, there have been 65 cases of Measles in Southern Minnesota. Anti-Vaxxers had gained a foothold in convincing a population there not to vaccinate their children because of concerns for autism. Of Note: Population Exposed : 8250 20 children of the 65 were hospitalized for pneumonia No Deaths and no mention of any post-infection complications (It is too early to tell) 3 Children who had already had 2 MMR doses, also contracted Measles Transmission to others is still ongoing. Vaccinate your children, people… to protect yourself and your children and most of all, my children