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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.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 3, 2009.
This podcast discusses an AHRQ project to design information technology systems that support safe care transitions for elderly patients.
Pierrotti A. USA Today. August 18, 2014.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission; 2014.
Jones R. WXYZ. November 13, 2013.
This news piece reports on risks associated with medication delivery in nursing homes and reveals several incidents that resulted in significant patient harm.
Audiovisual > Slideset
Beating the weekend trend: increased mortality in older adult traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients admitted on weekends.
Schneider EB, Hirani SA, Hambridge HL, et al. J Surg Res. 2012;177:295-300.
Being admitted to the hospital on a weekend is potentially dangerous, as studies have shown that preventable complications and mortality are increased across a range of common diagnoses for weekend admissions compared with weekdays. One exception appears to be trauma, as a prior study found equal outcomes in patients with traumatic injuries regardless of the day of admission, a finding ascribed to the protocolized and closely supervised nature of trauma care. However, this study of older adults admitted with traumatic brain injury did find increased mortality for those patients admitted on the weekend, despite the fact that patients admitted on the weekend were less severely injured. A limitation of this study is that the authors were not able to analyze outcomes for patients cared for at specialized trauma centers. Nevertheless, the study adds to the considerable body of research documenting the dangers of weekend hospital admission.
Cohen E. Empowered Patient. CNN.com. May 29, 2008.
This news article and accompanying video highlight problems associated with polypharmacy in elderly patients.
Audiovisual > Meeting/Conference Proceedings
2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health Information Technology Conference: Making the Health Care System Safer through Implementation and Innovation.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 6-10, 2005.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) hosted the 2005 Annual Patient Safety and Health Information Technology Conference. Transcripts and slide presentations are available from the five-day event.