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5 tips for avoiding deficiencies

Here are five quick tips to operationalize for the top five most frequently cited deficiencies nationwide. Facilities could choose one per day and revisit each week to focus on audits, discussion, education and system updates.

Susan LaGrange

A plan for drug diversion

One timely topic that is both difficult to comprehend and discuss is drug diversion in long-term care. Long-term care leaders must have a solid system in place with policies and procedures, education, oversight and monitoring on an ongoing basis, as shift-to-shift counting alone will not suffice in identification of diversion.

Susan LaGrange

The benefits of a successful discharge plan

It is critical to have a solid system for discharge planning that begins even before the resident is admitted to the facility. Individualized, resident-centered discharge planning will provide a solid system for quality transition and a crucial component of care at the preadmission assessment process.

Susan LaGrange

Preparing CNAs for success

Adequate preparation, communication of expectations and ongoing monitoring is certainly essential for our certified nursing assistants. Holding them accountable for their assignments, proper technique and interpersonal skills should be a given, yet many times nurses and managers will complain that over the years we have gone from the “nurse is in charge” to the “tail wagging the dog.”

Susan LaGrange

Preparing charge nurses for success!

Today more than ever, we hear about the importance of PROACTIVE approaches to prevent as many unfavorable events as possible. One of the key essential proactive approaches that we can implement is to PREPARE our charge nurses for success! There are times, when new nurses start their position that the orientation or teaching period is cut short because they are “doing just fine” and they are “needed” to take a shift by themselves.

Susan LaGrange

F-Tag 309 on Quality of Care: Are we prepared?

Have you reviewed end-of-life care plans with your staff? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently made changes to the surveyor guidance for End of Life in Appendix PP of the SOM. This was to provide clarification to nursing home surveyors when determining compliance with the regulatory requirements for End of Life.

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