Improperly Training Staff members For an
Antibiotic Dispensing Machine
The Cal Poly Health Center prides itself on being a world-class facility for all of your medical
needs. Whether you are injured on campus or just visiting, you can feel safe with the onsite
emergency care provided by the CPR and First Aid program. With a full array of adult and
pediatric services, the CPR and First Aid facilities at the Center are staffed by professional
educators who provide instruction in a variety of techniques. If you are seeking CPR certification,
you will find many classes offered on the CPR course as well as a CPR recertification test given
at the end of your onsite class.
The CPR/First Aid program operates out of the CPR and First Aid room on campus. The entire
facility offers classes, lectures, hands-on training, and one classroom and two field trips each
month. The Cal Poly Health Center offers all sorts of class offerings to keep residents informed
about their health care options, such as cardiac arrest waiting time, the newest information on
defibrillators, and much more. The CPR/First Aid training includes information about common
injuries that can happen around the workplace and ways to protect yourself from injury.
There are also a few courses that have been added on to the general onsite course offerings to
make sure that students have the knowledge they need in all aspects of their health care needs.
The first course is entitled “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Infection Prevention” and it
teaches students not only CPR but also methods of dealing with common respiratory
complications, such as strep throat, strep mononucleosis, pneumonia, bronchitis, allergies,
asthma, as well as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This course has been tested positively
and is included on the Cal Poly Health Center’s comprehensive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
and Infection Prevention curriculum.
The second course is taught by experts who have actually worked at the Health Center. It
addresses the issue of influenza, SARS-intermediate respiratory infections, and pneumonia.
Students will learn about common causes, symptoms, and prevention methods and learn to
prevent and test for these illnesses. In addition, they will learn how to decongest airways and
how to treat those airways during an emergency. This course has been tested and is included on
the comprehensive Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Infection Prevention curriculum.
There is also a new training provided at the Cal Poly Health Center. The course is “PCRs –
Computerized Pharmacy Risks Assessment.” This three-credit course is meant to help residents
understand the role that pharmaceuticals play in the overall care of patients with respiratory
conditions. Students in the course will learn about the symptoms to look for in patients who have
cardiopulmonary problems, flu, SARS-intermediate respiratory infections, and pneumonia. They
will learn about the diagnostic processes used to test for these illnesses and about the treatment
of illness that has been diagnosed with these illnesses.
Last week, there was a report in the San Luis Obispo Daily Herald that a resident of the Health
Center had tested positive for chlamydia. About a week before this positive results was reported,
the center started an investigation to see if this was in fact a case of chlamydia. After all, since
March, there had been reports of someone in the Health Center being tested positive for this
disease. Many of the patients had no exposure to this disease in the two weeks prior to the test.
This is important to note because it demonstrates just how important it is for a sexually active
person to get regular tests done. The fact that a resident tested positive for chlamydia is
alarming, since the majority of people do not have this disease. When you have a problem, you
need to take preventative measures to stop it from spreading. A health center should be held
accountable for their actions in a public way, and they failed in this regard. Even though the
patient did undergo quality screening and did receive a prescription for the antibiotics that were
administered, this does not mean that other staff members actually understood what the test
In a public health environment, this kind of sloppy organization cannot go unnoticed. The
residents of the Health Center needed a formal written warning stating what happened so that
they could avoid similar situations. The Health Center also needed to ensure that their staff
members are properly informed about STDs so that everyone has a good understanding of the
risks associated with sexually active individuals. Even though the resident did nothing wrong,
this is a good lesson for other health centers to learn from. Cal Poly Health Center wishes to
apologize for their lack of communication with the resident and is now fully committed to making
sure that all residents receive proper education about STD prevention