At the recent national Safe Patient Handling and Mobility conference, held in Glendale, AZ, the primary purpose of fall prevention -reducing fall-induced injuries, in particular hip fractures and head injuries - was once again emphasized by keynote speaker Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, ARNP, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP.
Recently, I found myself engaged in a rich discussion about the current state of healthcare reform. We were debating the pros and cons of accountable care organizations. I introduced the concept of "never discharging" and the room went silent.
E.B. White's remarkable capacity for wonder - his ability to savor - is something worth cultivating among residents and staff alike.
Although long-term care organizations successfully distribute drugs to patients every day, their processes for getting rid of the waste associated with those medications may sometimes fall short, exposing an organization to risk.
Advancements in lighting are among the most recent and most promising innovations to assure a better quality of life in assisted living and nursing facilities for seniors.
It is not uncommon for patient transition instructions to be poorly written, unclear, hard to understand, and hastily pulled together at the last minute.
The finances of running a long-term care facility long have seemed like Monopoly. With each patient, you pass "Go," you collect $200.
Rather than simply recreating what we already do today with notes, simple databases and spreadsheets, new technologies allow for totally new workflows, efficiencies, integration, reporting and analysis. Some of these recent trends are starting to have a tremendous impact on clinical documentation improvement.
The common loopholes offered by the Fee for Service model made it harder for governments to maintain balanced budgeting.
If you can create an atmosphere of gratitude in your setting, you will have created a place where people want to be.
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