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A prototype of a standards-based automated transfer form was designed to help improve the care of nursing home residents transferred to emergency departments by providing more complete information upon arrival. Creators described the prototype’s development in AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings.  “…
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Nearly half of nursing home residents admitted to an acute care hospital with a sepsis diagnosis had multidrug-resistant blood stream infections, according to a study results published online ahead of print in the Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. “Nursing home residents have a high prevalence…
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By Harris Meyer, Kaiser Health News Nursing homes and long-term care facilities, where 182,000 Americans perished during the covid pandemic, have taken heat from government regulators, residents and their families. Now the industry is hearing it from an unexpected source: their investors.…
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Registered nurse staffing during the day and evening shifts at New Jersey nursing homes was significantly linked with the staffing rating on Nursing Home Compare but not the overall rating, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Medical Directors…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News There’s widespread agreement that it’s important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what’s necessary, as a nation, to make this possible? That’s the challenge President Joe Biden…
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By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News Even as California prepares to expand vaccine eligibility on April 15 to all residents age 16 and up, the state has managed to inoculate only about half its senior population — the 65-and-older target group deemed most vulnerable to death and serious illness in…
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Concentrated nutrient-dense food products blended by hand or using an automatic food mixer can help ensure nursing home residents with dysphagia and chewing difficulties consume more calories, according to a study published online ahead of print in the journal Nutrición Hospitalaria. “Moreover,…
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Both the personal characteristics of caregivers as well as organizational characteristics of the facilities they work are related to caring behaviors in nurses and nurse aides working in long-term care, according to a study published online ahead of print in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring…
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By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News With a mix of relief and caution, older adults fully vaccinated against covid-19 are moving out into the world and resuming activities put on hold during the pandemic. Many are making plans to see adult children and hug grandchildren they haven’t visited for…
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The use of pain management champions led the way toward smoother adoption of evidence-based pain management guidelines by care workers in nursing homes, according to a study published online ahead of print in the journal Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.  “Our findings highlighted that the…
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