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

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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

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…

Therapy can accelerate wound healing

Using microcurrent therapy along with traditional wound care approaches significantly reduces wound size and lessens pain, according to a study in the Journal of Wound Care. Harikrishna K.R. Nair, M.D., head of the wound care unit at Malaysia’s Hospital Kuala Lumpur, studied the effect of microcurrents on 100 chronic wound patients over four months in…

Reader poll: What’s the one regulation or rule you dislike the most?

“Shared food. We can say you can bring it in, but then they [officials] say it has to be store bought. You can’t accept food from other homes. It has to be segregated from any other food. It’s difficult for residents, and it [outside food] brings them so much pleasure. Family will say to give…

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