Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In this annual publication, AHRQ reviews the results of the National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report. The 2021 report highlights that a wide range of quality measures have shown improvement in quality, access, and cost.
Schrade B, Teegardin C. Unprotected: Broken promises in Georgia’s senior care industry. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sept-October 2019.
Assisted living facilities have challenges that reduce the quality and safety of care. This news investigation examines how poor management, staffing shortages, and poor caregiver training were unchecked by systemic failures in correcting problems to protect residents.
Ricciardi R, Shofer M. J Nurs Care Qual. 2019;34:1-3.
This commentary discusses the importance of the nurse-patient relationship and engagement with patients and their family members to improve patient safety practices. The article also provides an overview of AHRQ resources intended to facilitate engagement between providers and their patients and family members.
Sepsis is a serious condition that can be fatal if it is not promptly diagnosed and treated. This news article reports on systemic factors in nursing homes such as poor staffing and communication with families that contribute to unmanaged pressure ulcers and sepsis that result in hospital admissions and death. A WebM&M commentary discussed a case involving a patient who had a pressure ulcer and sepsis in long-term care.
Anticoagulants are considered high-alert medications that if used ineffectively can result in patient harm. Reporting on an anticoagulant commonly used in nursing homes and patient harm linked to this medication, this newspaper article relates reasons doctors are reluctant to prescribe new drugs to older patients and challenges to monitoring and preventing such adverse drug events.
Jaffe I, Renincasa R. Morning Edition. National Public Radio. December 8–9, 2014.
Overprescribing of medications is a common problem in nursing homes. This two-part radio segment reports on the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications as a chemical restraint for patients with dementia. The first part introduces the issue and includes insights from families that have experienced harm due to the practice. The second segment discusses programs that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has put in place to address the problem through a more patient-centered approach to care and suggests strengthening penalties against organizations that overuse antipsychotics.
This video news segment highlights the persistent risks of adverse drug events in nursing homes, particularly overprescribing of antipsychotic drugs, and reveals how one state developed a program to reduce medication errors for older patients in residential facilities.
Missouri State Medical Association; Missouri Hospital Association; Primaris
The Missouri Center for Patient Safety is dedicated to improving patient safety in Missouri by applying evidence-based methods and best practices. The private, not-for-profit corporation was established by the Missouri State Medical Association, the Missouri Hospital Association, and Primaris, a quality improvement organization.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; US Department of Health and Human Services
This website provides consumers with detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Additional resources available at the site help with other nursing home selection issues. Information is provided in English and Spanish.
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