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Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing Home Abuse

Where to find warm hearted long term care? Some move out of the country

We are living longer. But that doesn’t mean our later years are always golden. Imagine spending the last 3 weeks of your life strapped into a geri-chair next to a nurses station in a sterile, bright and cold nursing home. Imagine spending the last hours of your life alone, unable to speak, or eat, with…[Read More]

HOSPITAL DELIRIUM: WHAT IS IT?

Hospital delirium is a brain dysfunction characterized by sudden confusion and inattention. It’s one of the most common, dangerous and costly complications of hospital stays for the elderly. A host of medications can upset brain function and trigger delirium by interfering with the neurotransmitters that communicate between nerve cells. The long list includes sedatives, sleeping…[Read More]

WHO IS THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR HEALTH CARE SHIP?

There was an article in our local paper today about Physician Assistants being used more and more in hospital settings and medical practices. I know of PA’s that treat depression, perform minor surgeries – they can almost do it all. When you go to a doctor, who is actually treating you? The Nurse?Physician?Nurse Practitioner?Physician Assistant?…[Read More]

NURSING NEGLIGENCE

Yes, nurses, like all professionals, can make mistakes. But is a nurse’s mistake “malpractice” in the legal sense? In Virginia, you have a malpractice action if (1) medical professional is negligent and (2) that negligence is the sole cause of physical pain or suffering. Could a nurse administer the wrong medication? Fail to take and…[Read More]

TOP 10 REASONS TO STAY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN 2009

The Ecri Institute, which conducts patient safety research, issued a report last week listing the top 10 technology hazards for hospital patients. Without further adieu…here you go: 1. Alarm Hazards 2. Injuries from needle sticks and other sharp objects 3. Air embolism from contrast media injectors 4. Retained devices (like surgical sponges) 5. Surgical fires…[Read More]

FLU OR SEPSIS?

I just read about a lawsuit in Minn where a man and wife both presented to the emergency room with flu like symptoms. Days later, the man came back, complaining of pain, decreased appetite, etc. Blood work was done and revealed the man had sepsis. Sepsis is often referred to as a blood stream infection….[Read More]