July 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: July 01, 2018

Make some good news

If I’m going to be truthful about my Catholic School education, many of the lessons remain less memorable than the nuns who delivered them. Suffice it to say, assault and battery charges have been filed for encounters involving far less physicality. Despite the occasional bruises, it should be noted that the Dominican Sisters were trying…

Brain stimulation helps restore walking

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation could help stroke survivors regain the ability to walk independently, according to a meta-analysis of previous studies. Known as rTMS, the noninvasive technique uses magnetic coils attached to the scalp to deliver short electromagnetic pulses to specific regions of the brain. The knocking sensation is almost imperceptible, but the electrical currents…

Predictive model generates better staffing-mix options

Staffing a skilled nursing facility can be a daily chore, requiring administrators to strike a delicate balance of the right number of nurses. That’s been the case for Greystone Healthcare Management Corp., based in Tampa, FL, with a network of 27 facilities. It provides an array of services that include skilled nursing, assisted living and…

Divulged VA rankings draw harsh response

The federal government has hidden poor quality ratings at Veterans Affairs nursing homes from the public, according to a report issued in late June. VA officials have been tracking detailed quality and safety measures at its facilities for years, yet they’ve kept the information private, USA Today and the Boston Globe found. Roughly half of…

Ask the Treatment Expert about … inspection procedure

As part of our pressure injury prevention program, we conduct a weekly head-to-toe skin inspection. Can this be done by nursing assistants? A weekly head-to-toe skin inspection is recommended as part of a pressure injury prevention program in the guidance of F686 Skin Integrity/Pressure Ulcers. However, the guidance does not indicate who should perform the…

Pre-meal pill may reverse Type 2 diabetes

Could something as simple as a pre-meal pill really reverse Type 2 diabetes? The results of a preclinical study in rats, conducted by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, suggest it’s possible. The team of surgeons and scientists created a compound, referred to as LuCI (Luminal Coating of the Intestine). When ingested as a…

Last chance for your Tech Award

The clock is ticking for providers to enter the 2018 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards program. The deadline is July 20. The awards program honors skilled nursing and senior living providers that use virtually any kind of technology to improve resident care. Winners in 20 categories will be chosen. There is no cost to enter.…

New treatment may dispense old ideas about wound care

Imagine rolling a tape dispenser over a wound, leaving behind a strip of cells that will generate new skin.  Researchers at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Hospital are getting close. They have designed a handheld machine that can create tissue and deposit in about two minutes, with material similar to human skin. “The hope…

Park in the Visitor spot

It sits, beckoning but unattainable, just outside the entrance to your long-term care facility — the Visitor parking spot. You can see it, but don’t dare use it. Every day, in big, block letters, it purrs a siren call as you pass by on your way to the back of the lot. It’s empty and…

Poor care fuels felony charges

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The former owners of a New York nursing home are headed to court with charges of endangering the welfare of residents. Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman, the owner and manager of the Otsego nursing home, were arraigned May 31 on three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a…

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