West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R) has vetoed a bill that would have allowed certified nursing assistants with special training to distribute medicine to nursing home residents.
A study of geriatric care nurses found that many still crush medications, split doses or otherwise modify orally administered medicines — a practice they see as helping patients with swallowing difficulties, dementia or other conditions.
A Minnesota nurse accidentally gave a resident a dose of oxycodone 20 times too strong, killing him within a few hours last year, according to a state investigation.
Medcenter Systems has released a device to help with proper dosage and timing of medication.
Redilearning has reached an agreement with MED-PASS that will offer online education courses to healthcare professionals.