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Nurses Accused of Sexual Misconduct Removed from Hospital Duty

From the San Diego 6 News.

Two registered nurses accused of sexual misconduct with a 98-year-old patient have been removed from their hospital duties after San Diego 6 released graphic surveillance video of some of the incidents.
An administrative law judge suspended the nurses' licenses on October 24. The terms of the suspension barred the men from practicing as in-home nurses, but allowed them to practice in hospitals pending another hearing November 14.
According to court documents obtained exclusively by San Diego 6, Torralba and Ruiz continued working at Kindred Hospital in University Heights and Promise Hospital in the El Cerrito neighborhood after their licenses were suspended.
"In February 2012, the California Department of Public Health received a complaint regarding the operation of this entity. Based on the outcome of our investigation, CDPH made referrals to law enforcement agencies," said spokesperson Ralph Montano in a statement.

Nov 20, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Top complaints about skilled-nursing facilities

From the Palo Alto Online News.

California Department of Public Health records on Lytton Gardens Skilled Nursing Facility show that violations have occurred at the facility in several categories, including food-safety issues as reported on Palo Alto Online in 2007.

State records from 2011 show that for up to three years some wheelchair-bound patients were kept in restraints, with no re-evaluation at any point to determine if the restraints were still necessary.
Below is a list of most of the substantiated complaints against local facilities, according to state records:

1. Inadequate record keeping or establishment of plans for patient care
2. Medicine errors -- including mislabeling, expired medications, not dosing patients or having incomplete records to indicate whether medications were given, failure to account for the disappearance of controlled medications
3. Giving proper notification regarding admission, transfer and discharge
4. Safety/falls
5. Resident not assessed after change in condition in a timely manner
6. Quality of care or treatment (general category with many causes)
7. Precautions not taken to prevent pressure sores on patients
8. Care/service not received per physician order
9. Theft of personal property
10. Inappropriate use of restraints
11. Inadequate screening of employees for history of abuse
12. Failure to answer call lights in a timely manner
13. Resident not treated with dignity/respect
14. Resident/patient/client abuse by an employee
15. Infection control

Nov 20, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

California Department of Public Health Warns Not to Eat Certain Bolthouse Farms Carrot Chips Due to Health Risk

From the Sierra Sun Times.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman today warned people not to eat Bolthouse Farms Carrot Chips in 16 ounce bags, with "Best If Used By" dates of Nov. 12, 2012 and Nov. 13, 2012, because the carrots may be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been associated with these products.
Bolthouse Farms of Bakersfield, California, initiated the voluntary recall of the Carrot Chips after learning that Salmonella was isolated from one of the packages collected during routine surveillance sampling conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Nov 06, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Sport-Harvested Mussel Quarantine Lifted

From the Santa Barbara Independent.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that the statewide annual quarantine on mussels taken by sport harvesters from California?s ocean waters ends at midnight on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, for all coastal counties except Del Norte and Humboldt.

Sampling of mussels has confirmed that shellfish-borne paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins remain at dangerous levels for these two counties, but are at safe or undetectable levels at all other areas of the California coast.

Nov 06, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Valley Voice: Harsh penalties are necessary to reduce the spread of STIs


The California Department of Public Health has recently released the latest statistics regarding the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in counties throughout the state. The news is discouraging and points to an alarming trend of rapidly increasing incidence rates of a wide range of STIs in many communities in our state.
As with many public health issues (such as obesity and drunk driving), there are a wide range of public and private agencies trying to educate the public about the basic steps that responsible adults can easily implement to protect themselves and others.
The availability of such information, however, is apparently not working because there is an increase in STIs among both young and old according to the latest data.

Nov 02, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

Two more chipmunks test positive for plague in South Lake Tahoe area


The El Dorado County Department of Environmental Health was notified this week by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that two additional chipmunks in the South Lake Tahoe area have tested positive for plague. One of the chipmunks was found in the Tallac Historic Site area and one was near the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Taylor Creek Visitor Center.
The chipmunks were tested as part of a surveillance effort initiated by health officials after learning earlier this month that another chipmunk had tested positive for plague at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center in the Taylor Creek area.

Nov 02, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

California Department of Public Health Receives Grant to Help Prepare for Climate Change Health Impacts

From the Sierra Sun Times.

Climate change poses risks to the public health and well-being of all Californians through extreme weather events, wildfires and a shift in certain infectious diseases. To address the need for planning and preparation to meet these challenges, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has been awarded a four-year, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) climate change and health grant.

Oct 26, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | msholinb

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