Tag Archives: infections

Nursing Home Abuse: Complaints

A chain of nursing homes in Massachusetts was recently purchased by a new corporation, Synergy.  The complaints are continuing:  flimsy adult diapers, lax infection control, pressure sores, dirty dishes,  and not enough nurses. The article states that federal scrutiny of nursing homes is light and cites to Charlene Harrington, a professor emeritus of sociology and […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Extendicare Pays 38 Million

On October 11, 2014, the New York Times reported that Extendicare  agreed to pay $38 million over claims of poor care.   The federal claims alleged that Extendicare inappropriately billed for physical therapy and provided such poor care to residents that it was effectively worthless.  It was the largest settlement in the Justice Department’s history […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Avoidable Hospitalizations

A new study published in Medical Care, Official Journal of the Medical Care Section, American Public Health Association, has concluded that three fifths of hospitalizations were potentially avoidable and the majority of these hospitalizations were for infections, injuries and congestive heart failure. To read more:  http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2013/08000/Potentially_Avoidable_Hospitalizations_for_Elderly.7.aspx If you are looking for a nursing home abuse […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Diabetes

A study published in the British Journal of Diabetes and Vascular Disease. 2012; 12(5):238-242, found that residents with diabetes are a vulnerable group in nursing homes.   Diabetes is a known independent risk factor for admission to a nursing home.  Diabetics are an often neglected group who lack comprehensive assessment, monitoring and special access and are […]

Nursing Home Abuse: MRSA Infections

A study published on June 5, 2012 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports that there is a significant association found between MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus auereus) and cleaning practices of nursing homes.  The study suggests increased time in room cleaning and common area cleaning.   http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/765801?src=nl_topic If you are looking for a nursing […]

Elder Law Neglect: 1.7 Million Patients A Year Get Infections In Hospitals

An article in The Washingtonian finds that thousands die in hospitals because of simple oversight by the staff.  The article describes an 80 year old grandmother who was hospitalized for two weeks when she began to complain about pain in her legs.  The hospital staff had not followed the physicians’ orders which required removal of […]

Nursing Homes: Workers Are Low Pay and Without Health Benefits

The New York Times had an article today addressing that nursing homes are lobbying to not be subject to the new health care law. According to this article, nursing homes do not provide health coverage to most of their employees (those who provide hands on care) and the wages of these employees are so low […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Infections

The American Journal of Infection Control reports that a study for the years 2000 to 2007 found that 15% of nursing homes received a deficiency citation for infection control. Low staffing levels were associated with receipt of a deficiency citation for infection control. To read more: http://www.ajicjournal.org/article/S0196-6553(11)00111-8/abstract If you are looking for a nursing home […]

Hospitals to begin reporting cases of post-ICU infections

Beginning January 1, 2011, medical facilities will start reporting the number of infections after being treated in the ICU.