Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?

Physical and Chemical Restraints – Friend or Foe?Physical and Chemical Restraints Dangerous to Nursing Home Patients It is a common practice among nursing homes today to use restraints, both physical and chemical, to medically treat a patient.  Not all restraints are illegal, as there are proper as well as improper uses of restraints.  Restraints are…

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Nursing Homes’ Misuse of Medications May Increase Risk of Dementia

Another study concludes that benzodiazepine use is associated with an increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease. This recent study states that unwarranted, long term use of benzodiazepine drugs should be considered as a public health concern. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs mainly used to treat anxiety or insomnia. Unfortunately, nursing homes and assisted living facilities…

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Wide Spread Use of Anti-Psychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes

Recently, the Federal Government took rare action by filing a federal lawsuit against two California nursing homes for a persistent problem of overmedicating their residents with psychotropic drugs. Anti-psychotic and psychotropic drugs can be especially dangerous for the elderly and are often misused. When a facility is understaffed and cannot provide the appropriate level of…

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Medication Errors Are Increasing in Nursing Homes

There is drug abuse going on in a large segment of our health care industry — the increased push of anti-psychotics drugs in nursing homes. These dangerous medications, anti-psychotics, are being prescribed at an alarming rate and often without the patient’s consent. In a recent AARP study on the use of drugs in nursing homes,…

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A Message To Nursing Homes to Reduce Anti-Psychotic Drugs

Elderly Patients Who Are Given Anti-Psychotic Medications Are At A Greater Risk of Acute Kidney Injury The Annals of Internal Medicine published a recent report about a study which concludes that there are safety concerns about the use of anti-psychotic drugs in older adults due to an increased risk of AKI (Acute Kidney Injury).  Specifically,…

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