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

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Dressed for success

Dressed for Success: Wound care dressing options have exploded, but deciding which material is best for which injury sometimes is an elusive quest for providers. No more.

A few years back, Mary Madison’s husband developed a pressure injury caused by sitting for long periods behind the wheel of a city bus. Her many years as a long-term care director of nursing and most recently as clinical consultant for Briggs Healthcare taught her one thing in this instance: Those types of wounds should…

How to do it … Choosing sleep meds wisely

There is a dizzying array of over-the-counter and prescription-strength medications designed to encourage sleep. What many providers don’t fully realize, however, is these drugs are not meant as a long-term or permanent solution to conditions such as insomnia. Experts chime in on the risks, as well as proven alternatives.

Maverick blazes pet therapy trail

Maverick blazes pet therapy trail

As far as visitors go, Maverick isn’t necessarily an obvious fit at the nursing homes he frequents around Australia’s capital. Sure, the 2-year-old has good manners and loves to dole out kisses. But he also keeps his shoes — all four of them — on inside and fully expects residents to pamper him by stroking…

Jill Vitale Aussem

60 Seconds With … Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative President and CEO

Jill Vitale-Aussem, The Eden Alternative President and CEO Q: What interested you in becoming The Eden Alternative’s new CEO? A: I have been a nursing home administrator for a long, long, long time and I used The Eden Alternative in my own communities. This opportunity to lead the organization that I am most passionate about,…

Sensors gave strong, predictive diagnosis information, researchers say.

Body sensors able to tip off gait, Alzheimer’s risk: study

A low-cost wearable sensor used to assess a person’s gait may help detect and monitor Alzheimer’s disease, according to research led by scientists at Newcastle University. In the study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 120 patients with early Alzheimer’s, who were recruited from six academic medical centers around the world, wore a small…

Coat of paint can make a wall interactive

A team of researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University joined with Disney Research to invent a way to turn any surface into an interactive smart wall with special conductive paint. The project, dubbed Wall++, enables users to place or move light switches or other controls anywhere on a wall that is most convenient, or to…

Blood sugar control doesn’t improve diabetic foot ulcers

Having a healthy baseline HbA1c reading or improving blood glucose levels did not improve  wound healing time among patients with diabetic foot ulcers, according to a new observational study. Though chronically high blood glucose levels are known harbingers of wound development, bringing those levels under control didn’t speed up healing among 270 patients seen at…

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