All surfaces in the home, counter tops, floors including laminates, tile and grout need diligent daily cleaning and disinfection. However, Ms. Lybert brings awareness that regarding "stone surfaces, including granite/marble, there is no effective means to disinfect these surfaces." Consider, "granite is an underground aquifer for our water filtering out all kinds of things. Given the right kind of environment, heat and moisture, bacteria will grow."
As the elderly begin to lose their mobility and agility, it is important to maintain clean surfaces in bathrooms and bedrooms, along with the most important surface being the skin. Diligent hand washing and bathing is important throughout the day to avoid cross contamination from the loved one you are caring for, as well as to them. The other surface area to be conscientious of is bedding. When excrement accidents occur, it is important to wash bedding with very hot water to not only clean them, but also kill the microbes.
Clostridium difficile (commonly known as C-diff) "is in the community and found in outpatient settings. There are significant risk factors in patients who are immunosuppressant, individuals who have been on antibiotic therapy, and the elderly population." C-diff is a secondary, very dangerous and potentially deadly infection after antibiotic use. [read article] It is important to those in the community to have appropriate antibiotic prescriptions and use, especially avoiding unnecessary broad spectrum antibiotic use which targets the "good" bacteria you need internally (and not on external surfaces) to kill off C-diff.
Population Health: has the focus on big data, populations & large systems caused the loss of individuals?
When the primary focus is on data (the multiple of numbers/records-statistics), singular records and numbers or outliers are not worth the time and effort of analysts and executives. And yet, they should be as each record is a real patient, a friend, a loved one.
The solution is bringing analysis down to the most base level of management with front line analysis, to coincide with first-hand observation, the voice of the patient & their caregivers/champions, and reducing the ever growing administrative overhead. Bigger is not better for addressing health and care of populations, when the focus is shifted upward with large systems where individuals are lost: Especially when the individual issues are indicative of the core problems that need to be addressed for quality care delivery.
HC Aware www.hcaware.com
HC PARC www.hcparc.com
The need for P&P Reviews
The danger of advising the untrained public to distribute emergency medicine
"A serious problem is many doctors and many more nurses are unaware of the different mode of metabolism of Fentanyl and Methadone. With various dosages of Fentanyl and Heroin or combinations of other opioids, the efficacy of Naloxone or Naltrexone is compromised. The general public (let alone many new doctors and nurses) do not have a working understanding of the differences in these competitive antagonists." "There may not be any impact for at least 30 minutes with a basic spray." 45 year RN, BSN, NP, MSN, Committee Member Opioid Crisis, Board of Directors Health Facility
Many clinicians, let alone the general public, are not specifically trained in the proper dosage and treatment with Naloxone for the various forms and dosages of opioids and heroin.
FDA Advisory Committee on the Most Appropriate Dose or Doses of Naloxone to Reverse the Effects of Life-threatening Opioid Overdose ... Sept 2016
"The effectiveness of naloxone, and thus the exposure required, will depend on the opioid dose, the potency of the opioid in binding receptors, the lipophilicity of the opioid in crossing into the CNS system and the elimination half-life of the opioid, together with patient factors (7, 26). Appendix  and [2a] includes further information on naloxone pharmacology. The complex pharmacology of appropriate dosing is further compounded as often the fentanyl involved is illicitly manufactured without normal procedures or controls and may be introduced surreptitiously into heroin or prescription painkillers. Reports from the field confirm the need for additional naloxone doses to reverse opioid overdoses including those involving more potent fast onset synthetic opioids."
Narcan (Naloxone HCL) Use in Opiod Overdose: A Perspective
An important point for the general public who is not used to or trained in emergency medicine, this “rescue” drug is only the first step in the opioid crisis ... not the end all and be all of treatment. I would like to respond to this “advisory report” from the Surgeon General as a pharmacist, an Emeritus Professor, Pharmacy Practice from a College of Pharmacy, former President/Chair of the Michigan Pharmacist Association (MPA) and Fellow of this Association; and lastly as a chronic pain patient.
I have used opioids now for chronic pain management after a car accident almost twenty-years ago. I will admit, I was taken aback by my family physician about a month ago being given a prescription for Narcan (generic name Naloxone) as a “precautionary measure” for my chronic opioid use. The form I was prescribed is a nasal formulation vs. the oral/injection form. When I took it to a pharmacy to be filled, I had to undergo “special counseling” by a pharmacist (even with my credentials) which consisted of a video on proper use and a warning that after use, 911 had to be called and I was to be taken to the emergency room for follow-up. This is the proper follow-up when someone is prescribed any rescue medication for a drug reaction. The Naloxone is only to be given when a known opioid (i.e. codeine and it’s derivatives; Fentanyl, Meperidine, etc...) is given or taken in life-threatening incidences. I was instructed, "Were you aware that Naloxone has two elimination half-lives because this drug has an active metabolite; and, were you aware that Naloxone and Naltrexone are different agents, but are easily confused."
I believe giving someone this agent for overdose situations is giving a false sense of security that nothing else needs to be done. Nasal Naloxone is like putting a bandage on a cut artery. You may stop the blood flow at the moment, but the wound will continue to bleed if the wound isn’t sutured properly. Without appropriate emergency room follow up of an opioid overdose the person may die from that overdose.
Many opioids vary in dose, strength, predictability and most of all drug half-life. Knowing the half-life of drugs is essential to know how long the drug is going to last in your body. Drug half-life’s, drug absorption, distribution and elimination is well covered in Colleges of Pharmacy in courses such as pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacotherapeutics. Pharmacists do not know the pharmacokinetics on every drug substance out there by memory, and we are called the drug experts. Physicians do not have nearly as much education on medications as pharmacists, yet they are the first line of treating drug overdoses in emergency situations along with the nurses, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.
The general public is being provided a false sense of security by the media to carry this drug in their homes to address the opioid crisis. The public needs to be AWARE there is more to treating an opioid overdose than just squirting this agent up their nose.
Joan M. Rider-Becker, BS, PharmD, FMPA
Retired, Emeritus Professor, Pharmacy Practice Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
B.S. Pharmacy-Ferris State University College of Pharmacy-1987
Pharmacy Practice Residency-Bronson Hospital Kalamazoo, MI-1987-1988
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), University of Michigan-College of Pharmacy Ann Arbor, MI 1990
What has caused the layering of medications
The country is currently facing increased antibiotic resistance, opioid crisis, etc. due to our culture being conditioned in the taking of medications versus alternative treatments, or prescriptions of medications without diagnosis. A mother of a small child was recently told by a doctor as part of her son's care, "It is very important for you to teach your child how to swallow pills. Start with candy sprinkles, then swallow mini M&Ms, and then have him swallow large M&Ms so he can take multiple pills at the same time." This instruction was given to the mother without a diagnosis for her son, no plan to achieve understanding of what was causing his pain to then create a plan of care - which may or may not have needed to include medication.
Consumer engagement is needed with all medications being prescribed to be fully empowered, to understand: 1) the need for prescriptions, why and when appropriate, 2) the side effects of medications to determine alternatives versus adding on more medications, and 3) to eliminate the misuse of medications without the continued layering of additional drugs. Antibiotics should only be used when the body, given time, cannot fight a severe bacterial infection. And, antibiotics should only be given out after a culture is performed to eliminate a virus as the cause, or to target the specific bacteria. Broad spectrum antibiotics should only be used with life threatening-septic issues while waiting for a culture, or there is not the ability to perform a culture.
February 14, 2018 Telemedicine is a tool that can be very effective depending upon how it is used. Top 5 Ways Telehealth Will Change Under the New Federal Funding Bill, "The new federal Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed into law by the President on February 9, 2018."
The healthcare industry has used perioperative morbidity and mortality reviews (M&Ms) for blunt evaluations, to continuously improve the understanding of and performance in surgical intervention. Since the industry touts Population Health and Patient Engagement as top initiatives, health systems can use the successful process of M&Ms to perform Population Health and Patient Engagement reviews (P&Ps) of individual cases, for ensuring quality care processes. [read more]
"Those in healthcare are there for the patients, the patients are not there for them. If we stopped for a moment to view the actual words 'patient,' 'health' and 'care,' there is no 'I' in either 'health' or 'care,' only in the word 'patient.'" Those in the healthcare industry tout the idea of prioritizing patients by using phrases such as "patient-centric" and "patient engagement," and yet current data trends suggest the contrary is happening. Instead, motivation based on self-interest continues to permeate care delivery. Here are three trends in the healthcare industry that work against patient-centered care. [read more]
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