Grandmas Place Brooklyn Park Complaint Findings for Infection Control
In a report concluded on December 29, 2010, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Grandmas Place Brooklyn Park for inadequate staffing and inadequate infection control procedures.
The allegation is inadequate staffing and inadequate infection control procedures, based on the following information: the facility does not employ or contract services for a Registered Nurse and the facility does not ensure all staff provides documentation of having received a negative reaction to Mantoux test.
Tuberculin Skin Testing – What is it?
According to the CDC, the Mantoux tuberculin skin test (TST) is the standard method of determining whether a person is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Reliable administration and reading of the TST requires standardization of procedures, training, supervision, and practice.
The TST is performed by injecting 0.1 ml of tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) into the inner surface of the forearm. The injection should be made with a tuberculin syringe, with the needle bevel facing upward. The TST is an intradermal injection. When placed correctly, the injection should produce a pale elevation of the skin (a wheal) 6 to 10 mm in diameter.
The skin test reaction should be read between 48 and 72 hours after administration. A patient who does not return within 72 hours will need to be rescheduled for another skin test.
The reaction should be measured in millimeters of the induration (palpable, raised, hardened area or swelling). The reader should not measure erythema (redness). The diameter of the indurated area should be measured across the forearm (perpendicular to the long axis).
Skin test interpretation depends on two factors:
•Measurement in millimeters of the induration
•Person’s risk of being infected with TB and of progression to disease if infected
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about infectious disease, staff related issues, or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.