Nursing homes that were identified as “culture change” providers between 2004 and 2009 saw a decrease in health-related survey deficiency citations, according to recently published research in The Gerontologist. The culture change movement emphasizes making long-term care facilities increasingly more homelike, along with taking resident choices and preferences into account. This research represents the first […]
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 […]
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 This draft guidance document describes studies and criteria the FDA recommends for BGMSs which are for prescription point-of-care use.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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Q: Regarding section M0100, do the assessment tools such as the Braden scale and clinical assessment for pressure ulcer risks need to be done during the seven-day look back time frame in order to be used? A: Yes, every item coded must meet use the same assessment window.