Lack of training connected to nursing home neglect

Several reports have released information indicating that senior citizens in many of the nation’s nursing homes are not receiving the care they need and deserve. In fact, ABC News released a congressional report, stating that 30 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. have been cited for nearly 9,000 incidents of abuse and nursing home neglect during a two-year period. Lack of nursing home training … [Read more...]

Nursing home patients often given antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily

When families make the difficult decision to take their elderly loved ones to a nursing home, they expect the homes to provide residents with an environment in which they can enjoy life as much as possible. Despite this expectation, the American Association of Retired People reports that a large number of nursing homes are regularly using antipsychotics on many of their patients despite the … [Read more...]

Many patients in nursing homes given antipsychotic drugs

While some nursing home patients rely on their medications to increase their ability to function, not all senior citizens depend on prescription medications. In fact, the Mayo Clinic states that as a person ages, their tolerance to certain drugs changes, making some medications harmful for the elderly to take. Yet many nursing home residents in Nevada and across the United States are being given … [Read more...]

Retained surgical sponges: A serious problem in hospitals

Many patients put their complete trust in their physician when they go into the hospital for a medical procedure. A Johns Hopkins study conducted in 2012 revealed that over 4,000 surgical errors are made by medical professionals annually. Additionally, an analysis of data collected in hospitals between the years 1990 and 2010 revealed that doctors leave sponges inside of a patient’s body during … [Read more...]

Nevada fails nursing home care review

A recent report based off data collected in 2012 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered that many elderly nursing home residents in Nevada are faced with mistreatment, patient abuse, and neglect. Nevada is one of two states in the country where health inspectors found one or more deficiencies with every nursing home in the state. The report also noted that one out of every … [Read more...]