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Resident Safety Practices in Nursing Home Settings.

Simmons S; Schnelle J; Slagle J; Sathe NA; Stevenson D; Carlo M; McPheeters ML; Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; AHRQ.

Efforts to maintain patient autonomy can detract from ensuring residents' safety in nursing homes. Common safety issues in nursing homes are medication errors, falls, and inappropriate use of restraints. This technical brief discusses gaps in the research base that hinder understanding of the safety hazards in the residential care environment.