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Oral health's integral role in long-term care quality

Oral health's integral role in long-term care quality

While easy and relatively quick actions can reduce the severity of oral health issues developing over time, they are some of the most challenging activities to consistently attend to in many managed care settings.

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Is your facility at risk?

Is your facility at risk?

Glucose test strips in vials do pose a risk of contamination within healthcare facilities. Why assume this risk when it is unnecessary and potentially dangerous? As with all products used in a patient's room or at their bedside, glucose test strips should come individually wrapped.

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Fitness programs improve quality of life for wheelchair users

Regardless of the resident's age, physical condition or exercise experience, there are a number of techniques for helping them exercise and gain from its many benefits. Any type of exercise can be augmented to the resident's needs and limitations.

Fraudsters admit they bought nursing home drugs as part of $60 million scheme, feds announce

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A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to masterminding a sprawling drug diversion scheme that involved reselling nursing home medications, according to federal and state authorities.

Chronic skin ulcers are among top comorbid conditions associated with dementia, researchers find

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Chronic skin ulcers and heart issues are among the comorbidities that are significantly linked with the presence of dementia, according to recently published research findings.

Management of Diabetes in the Long-Term Care Setting

Management of Diabetes in the Long-Term Care Setting

This CME, CNE and ACPE accredited activity will help improve your knowledge of the treatment of diabetes mellitus and improve the quality of care for older adult patients in the long-term care setting. The activity includes two separate modules delivered in a slide and video format. The videos feature examples of patient case vignettes with real-life examples of unique issues that affect the older adult patient. The first module discusses the management of diabetic patients with cognitive issues and the second focused on the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacological treatment. This education is brought to you by Boston Medical Center's Endocrinology and Geriatric Care departments.

Study: Diabetes often precedes wounds

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Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to an analysis of existing research.

Foot ulcers double the cost of diabetes care, study finds

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Eliminating foot ulcers would cut costs for diabetes care in half, according to researchers with consulting firm The Analysis Group.

Diabetes is the No. 1 co-morbid condition linked to nursing home pressure ulcers, analysis finds

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Diabetes is the co-morbid condition most strongly associated with the development of pressure ulcers in nursing home residents, according to a new analysis of existing research.

Almost 60% of diabetic nursing home residents with chronic kidney disease are on a potentially problematic drug regimen, study finds

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Nursing home residents who have diabetes and chronic kidney disease are commonly given medications that are not in keeping with best practice guidelines or prescribing information, according to recently published research.

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

Metabolic molecule impedes wound healing, study finds

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Poor wound healing can lead to amputations, or worse. New findings have helped unearth what happens to tiny blood vessels in the body to slow wound healing in diabetics.

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

Vaso-Wraps provide option for diabetics

AGP-Medical, LLC said it plans to combine mailing Vaso-Wraps®, topical solutions, and dressings to patients with access to smartphones to allow the treatment and monitoring of diabetic ulcers and wounds.

Oral health problems on track to become as common and serious as falls, incontinence in elderly: report

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Unless steps are taken to improve dental hygiene in the elderly, oral healthcare will cause problems on the same scale as falls, incontinence and mobility limitations, according to recently published research.

Novo Nordisk announces approval of prefilled insulin pens

Novo Nordisk announces approval of prefilled insulin pens

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Novo Nordisk's prefilled insulin pens called the NovoLog® FlexTouch® and Levemir® FlexTouch®. FlexTouch® pens' dosing mechanism ensures the push-button does not extend at any dose.

Rising foot temperature can precede wound development

Rising foot temperature can precede wound development

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Does increased skin temperature indicate a foot ulcer may occur? The answer appears to be yes, a new study has found.

Leveraging remote health monitoring

Leveraging remote health monitoring

As caregivers, we've long known that we need to monitor three key factors -- blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight -- as these are major indicators of a patient's overall health. Yet collecting vitals can be time and labor-intensive within the long-term care environment.

Biomedtrics introduces ditto Glucose Data System

Biomedtrics introduces ditto Glucose Data System

The ditto Glucose Data System, which has a Bluetooth device, electronic logbook app, and secure web site, offers the ability to monitor blood glucose. The Biomedtrics product communicates with Bluetooth enabled devices, and an app receives the data and syncs with a secure website.

Poor medication adherence set to trigger a tide of nursing home admissions: report

Poor medication adherence set to trigger a tide of nursing home admissions: report

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Nearly 100 million Americans are not taking medications as prescribed, leading to unnecessary deaths, hospitalizations and nursing home admissions. This is creating an impending care crisis as the population ages, according to a new report from the National Council on Patient Information and Education.

Dementia and diabetes risk score debuts

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A new tool can predict the 10-year risk of dementia for patients with diabetes.

Diabetes—obesity drug to be created

Diabetes—obesity drug to be created

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U.S. pharmacy giant Eli Lilly and Company and Denmark's Zealand Pharma are working on new treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity, the companies announced.

AMDA joins campaign to reduce unnecessary tests

The American Medical Directors Association has joined with ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely® campaign to promote discussions between healthcare providers and patients for what medical tests or procedures may be unnecessary.

Protein presence in urine predicts risk for cognitive decline

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The presence of protein in the urine of those with diabetes can signify a risk for cognitive decline, according to a new study.

Blood sugar, dementia link

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Seniors without diabetes but with higher than average blood sugar levels have an 18% increased risk for dementia, a new study shows.

FDA issues recall notice on Nova strips

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Providers should monitor residents with diabetes to see if they are using recalled blood glucose test trips, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has advised.

Medicare paid millions in 'questionable' diabetes test strip claims related to SNF, hospital patients, OIG says

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Medicare is making questionable payments for diabetes test strips used by residents of skilled nursing facilities, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

High blood sugar increases dementia risk, regardless of diabetes status

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Seniors with higher than average blood sugar levels have an 18% increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.

Care improvements reduce amputations

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Advances in diabetic foot ulcer treatments are helping reduce lower-extremity amputations, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation studied a decade's worth of Medicare claims to gain insights on amputation rates and diabetic foot ulcer treatments.

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