Category: Clinical concerns

30% of dementia residents are undernourished, study finds

People with dementia commonly are undernourished, and long-term care providers should take steps to evaluate these residents’ eating habits to maximize nutrition, according to a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International. Studies reviewed in this report indicate that 20-45% of those with dementia in the community experience clinically significant weight loss over one year, and […]

Study finds that therapy animals delay the progression of dementia

Engagement with therapy animals has been proven to slow down the progression of dementia symptoms in nursing home residents, according to a recently published study titled, Animal-Assisted Therapy and Agitation and Depression in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia: A Matched Case-Control Trial in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Researchers based in Germany and Switzerland […]

Ground-level falls in the elderly lead to high rates of SNF admission, and elevated mortality risks

For older adults, ground-level falls (GLFs) can result in multiple injuries and are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Elderly people who seek hospital care for a fall commonly go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to a recently published study titled, Long-term Outcomes of Ground Level Falls in the Elderly, published in […]

FDA issues new draft guidelines affecting SNFs

On January 7, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidelines which would make changes to blood glucose monitoring test systems (BGMS) in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. This draft guidance document describes studies and criteria the FDA recommends for BGMSs which are for prescription point-of-care use. When finalized, the FDA intends for this […]

CDC study finds LTC workers last in receiving flu shots

In a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long-term care providers are in last place when it comes to the number of health care professionals that get the influenza immunization. This is compared to health care professionals working in hospitals and physician offices. The report is titled, “Surveillance of […]

CMS memo emphasizes the need to provide basic life support

In an October 18 memo to state survey agency directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homes must provide basic life support, including initiation of CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest (cessation of respirations and/or pulse) in accordance with […]

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. […]