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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1. suzanne josvai wrote:
I applaud you for having knowledge and being in there to help nursing home residents and their families. The state and federal governments do nothing to ensure that facilities are following the laws and regulations. Certianly, in some facilities there is physical abuse but I would bet that most of the abuse includes neglect (no supervision or inadequate), dosing errors, restraining (keeping demented loved ones in a wheel chair all day and unable to even cruise the facility in the wheel chair); not cleaning when changing diapers. I continually see staff removing a wet diaper and placing a new dry diaper on with no regarding to wiping the area and patting it dry and applying barrier cream. No water in sight.

Some of these issues have been brought to the attention of the NH where my mother is. The result. I am either asking too much or, I should go elsewhere if I am not happy, or, which has recently been done, enforcing visiting hours which is against NH regulations as outlined by state/federal govt. (see CANHR).
This is how the problems in our NH get resolved.

I do not have the $$ to keep my mom at home as I need to work to support myself and protect my future. Mom has pleasant Dementia. Although pleasant, no one person can take care of this type of condition alone. We have no money to hire caregivers. So what is a family to do in America?

Are you suing facilities? Are you getting positive outcomes. Please don't make us wait until there is a death.

Fri, August 2, 2013 @ 2:26 AM

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