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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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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Drugs And Medication Errors – An Epidemic Problem In Nursing Homes

Recent news out of Florida cited to the fact that in the past three years, 43% of nursing homes have been cited for deficiencies directly or indirectly related to medication errors according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services data, which highlights the growing problem of medication errors in nursing homes across the country.…

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