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  • Falls

    A patient left carelessly on the edge of her bed, a resident who requires the help of two staff but receives help from only one, mechanical lifts operated by staff who do not know how to use them, absence of bed/chair fall alarms, low beds, and fall mats, and inadequate supervision.  Falls occur far too frequently in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, but they are preventable with the right safety equipment and supervision.  Falls have catastrophic consequences -- broken bones, hip fractures, head injuries, and death.  
  • Malnutrition

    Malnutrition in nursing homes and assisted living facilities occurs when patients are not given enough to eat.  Meal trays are left far away from patients who cannot reach them.  Overworked staff does not have time to help slow eaters.  Residents who say they are not hungry once are not given a chance to change their minds.  Malnutrition causes loss of function, reduces the body’s ability to fight off pressure ulcers and infection, and results in a wasting away.  Malnutrition is preventable with proper staffing, supervision, and care. 
  • Pressure Ulcers

    Pressure ulcers, or bed sores, typically develop over bony areas of the body when patients are not properly turned and repositioned.  Unrelieved pressure on these bony areas for a prolonged period of time chokes off blood supply to oxygen-starved tissue and skin.  Almost all pressure ulcers are preventable if nursing homes and assisted living facilities would simply turn and repositions patients in bed and chair, relieve pressure from patients’ heels, keep patients clean, and provide them with enough food and water. 
  • Medication Errors

    Medication errors are frightening reminders about what can go wrong in nursing homes and assisted living facilities when staff does not pay attention.  Staff may not correctly read doctors orders or manufacturer’s instructions to ensure medications are being administered properly.  Sometimes, staff administers the right dose of the wrong medication or the wrong dose of the correct medication.  Medication errors can and should be prevented.
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