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August 2019 Archives

Informed consent and shared decision making for labor and delivery decisions

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Making nursing home safety a bigger priority

While nursing home abuse may not receive a lot of attention, it is just as big a problem as child abuse or domestic violence. Roughly 5 million people aged 60 or older are abused in North Carolina and throughout the country each year. Those who live in nursing homes are vulnerable because they may not get a chance to interact with their family and friends on a regular basis. However, there are ways to help nursing home residents stay safe.

Family receives almost $13M from nursing home and pharmacy after death of retired Kentucky judge

Judge Dan Schneider was only 68 years old when he passed away from not receiving needed antibiotics in 2013 after 24 days at the Louisville nursing home campus of the Masonic Homes of Kentucky. Recently, the nursing home company and pharmacy have agreed to a settlement of nearly $13 million to the family.

What is cerebral palsy?

patricia-prudente--P2djqAwM8U-unsplash.jpgSpastic cerebral palsy is characterized as damage to the brain's motor cortex that causes increased muscle tone, stiff joints, and jerky movements. This condition prevents normal development of motor function. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen in a child's brain during birth. Excessive uterine activity, such as too strong or too frequent contractions, affects the amount of oxygen that reaches the baby's brain. If the excessive uterine activity is prolonged, the baby can develop hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a type of brain damage that occurs when the baby's brain doesn't receive enough oxygen during birth. HIE is an often-preventable birth injury, and often stems from improper contraction monitoring and lack of intervention from nurses and doctors when the baby is in distress. It can have devastating, lifelong effects, such as spastic cerebral palsy. Spastic cerebral palsy can develop from HIE. 

Nursing home quality and safety ratings drop

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Nursing home and hospice neglect may go on without consequence

The Special Focus Facilities program run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is supposed to help keep nursing home patients safe. However, the program is limited to overseeing just 88 struggling facilities at a time. This is in spite of the fact that a report found that 400 additional facilities could benefit from the SFF program. According to the report, the government knows that some nursing home residents in North Carolina and elsewhere are receiving substandard care.

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