Category: Clinical concerns

Flu season is here! Are you prepared?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza (flu) season’s overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. The flu season can begin as early as October, so as the 2013-2014 influenza […]

CDC releases new report on germ threats in health care

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that gives a snapshot of the threats posed by antibiotic-resistant germs in health care. According to the CDC, the report “Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013,” gives a first-ever snapshot of the burden and threats posed by the antibiotic-resistant germs having the […]

Antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes

On August 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release announcing that new data shows that antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide. This data was found on Nursing Home Compare in July. CMS data shows that in 2010 more than 17% of nursing home patients had daily […]

Silencing alarms in the long-term care setting

Editor’s note: This brief is an excerpt from the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care about using chair alarms in the long-term care setting.  For years, patient alarms have been the main tool in preventing patient falls, particularly in long-term care facilities where the majority of residents are categorized as a fall risk. […]