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Preventing falls presents a challenge in nursing home settings

The incidence rate for falls in nursing home residents is two to three times greater than that in community-dwelling elderly (about 1.7 falls per bed annually). Ten to 25% of falls among institutionalized elderly result in a fracture, laceration, or need for hospital care. Preventing falls constitutes a significant challenge in nursing home settings and …

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New confusion in the elderly

Don’t miss the signs of infection in the Elderly…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] That confusion or changes in mentation is often a first sign of an infection in elderly patients?  Often a family or care staff member will say their elder loved one has just “not been themselves” the past couple of days, and when they go to the hospital they are often “Septic” with some infection.  …

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The importance of having the right Expert Nurse

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Skin Care: Court Accepts Physician, Rejects Nurse as Expert on Cause of Patient’s Bedsores. After the patient’s passing, his wife sued the hospital for malpractice and wrongful death over six separate bedsores that started and progressed to deep tissue ulcers while the patient was in the hospital’s ICU being treated for pneumonia. The hospital …

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FALLS: Case Review

Falls can be problematic with the elderly in Nursing Homes—especially so after a hospitalization.  Often the returning patient can be disoriented and at a heightened risk for falling and require additional interventions to keep them safe.   Ongoing nursing assessments are crucial for keeping patients safe with appropriate safety interventions maintained. CASE REVIEW: Patient Fall: County …

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Sepsis—Why Every Hospitalized Patient Should be Monitored

Sepsis is a life-threatening, medical emergency affecting approximately one million persons annually in the United States (NIH, 2017). Patients hospitalized with sepsis are eight times more likely to die during hospitalization (Hall et al., 2011). Sepsis is defined as “a life-threatening complication of an infection”. Many doctors view sepsis as a three-stage syndrome, starting with …

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