Virulent hospital infection appears in California says LA County Dept. of Health

A Los Angeles County Department of Health study reports that there were 356 cases of the deadly superbug carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) in hospitals and nursing homes in Southern California in a seven month period in 2010.

CRKP can be deadly in up to 35% death rate of infected patients according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. It often affects people with health problems including alcoholism, lung disease and diabetes in hospital and nursing home setting.

CRKP is a bacteria that is antibiotic resistant and only responds to an antibiotic named colistin, though it is an antibiotic that can cause serious side effects including kidney damage.

Hospitals have seen their infection rates decline when the staff does not follow proper hand-washing procedures. Other precautions such as promptly removing ventilators and catheters as soon as a possible also reduces infection risk.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have serious illness due to medical malpractice and the family of those who have died.

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