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

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OSHA says to protect staff

A federal investigation recently found that a Colorado nursing home failed to adequately protect staff from violent residents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration in late January cited and fined Pioneer Health Care Center in Rocky Ford more than $9,000. OSHA said Pioneer must install more security cameras and alarms, remove dangerous items from violent…

High-fluid capacity disposables cut IAD

Replacing a non-permeable, reusable pad with a disposable, high-fluid capacity one can reduce the number of incontinence-associated dermatitis cases and lessen their severity, according to research in Ostomy Wound Management.

Golden fights $1.8M edict

An arbitrator ruled that Golden Living Centers owes $1.8 million in vacation pay to 2,000 former employees at 36 Pennsylvanianursing homes. The provider is fighting back. The company sold the facilities in question in 2016 and 2017. Unionized workers said they agreed to take half of their vacation pay if the sales were completed by…

Ben Breier

Kindred asks shareholders to approve sale to Humana

Leaders at Kindred Healthcare have urged shareholders to approve its sale to Humana and two private equity rms. At the same time, the Louisville, KY-based provider informed shareholders that there could be tough days ahead for the company. The one-time, long-term care giant noted it expects labor and shifting payment strategy pressures to remain. The…

BACE1 meds show promise

Gradually depleting an enzyme called BACE1 reversed the formation of amyloid plaques in the brains of mice with Alzheimer’s disease, according to Cleveland Clinic researchers. “To our knowledge, this is the first observation of such a dramatic reversal of amyloid deposition in any study of Alzheimer’s disease mouse models,” said Riqiang Yan, Ph.D., the incoming…

Ma: Long-term night shift workers need regular screenings.

Female nurses on night shift develop higher cancer risks

Working the night shift isn’t just bad for sleep — it could be seriously bad for your health. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that working during the wee hours over the long term was associated with a 19% greater risk of cancer among women. Researchers also took a close look…

John O'Connor

Unions may lose again

In his most recent State of the State address, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) said an upcoming Supreme Court ruling might be the end of public unions. As far as most nursing home operators are concerned, it’s too bad the same fate wouldn’t extend to non-public unions as well. To say there’s no…

Shingles shot a yes for seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently endorsed a new vaccine for shingles prevention in those over age 50, saying it is more effective than a live attenuated version. The new recombinant vaccine, available since October, consists of two doses administered two to six months apart. RZV can provide substantial protection against herpes zoster…

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