Emergency Room

Federal court upholds $10k fine for suicide

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A $10,000 fine levied against a skilled nursing facility that allowed a suicidal resident to leave the building and then kill himself will stand, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Engaging ER physicians the way to go for long-term care

Engaging ER physicians the way to go for long-term care

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Healthcare journalists may have fallen inadvertently into triggering a Pavlovian response in our readers: We write "hospital readmissions" and you click.

Depression linked to higher emergency admissions for elderly men

Depressed elderly men are twice as likely peers who are not depressed to have an emergency hospital admission, according to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The authors suggest that depressed patients may not carefully follow treatment plans and that depression may inhibit communication with patients who suffer from acute or chronic illness.

Study: Older adults make more than half of all trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactions

Adults aged 50 and older made more than 1.1 million trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactions in 2008, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.

Studies: Hospital stays contribute to high Medicare long-term care costs

Studies: Hospital stays contribute to high Medicare long-term care costs

Healthcare delivery system reforms could help reduce some of the "excessive and preventable" Medicare costs incurred by beneficiaries who live in long-term care facilities, according to recent reports from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Many emergency room visits by nursing home residents are preventable, CDC estimates

Many emergency room visits by nursing home residents are preventable, CDC estimates

A large percentage of nursing home residents' emergency department (ED) visits are avoidable, according to a recently released report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'Tis the season for elderly emergency room visits

'Tis the season for elderly emergency room visits

The holidays are typically the time for families to gather for fun and cheer. But for families who haven't been keeping track of an elderly relative's health, the festivities may include a trip to the emergency room, a recent news article suggests.