November 01, 2017 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 01, 2017

Better guidelines needed: expert.

Disinfectant exposure may increase nurses’ COPD risk

Nurses who regularly use bleach and other disinfectants on the job appear to have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research presented in September at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

Data testing now a reality

Beta testing of standardized data elements for post-acute care will start this month in 14 geographic markets, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Judi Kulus, VP of Curriculum Development, AADNS

Ask the Nursing Expert about … staff competencies

Is it true that during new survey process, surveyors will ask staff nurses and nursing assistants about their competencies, with questions such as, “Do you receive periodic evaluations on your skills, knowledge, and abilities? If so, how often?” “In what areas have you been assessed?” “In what areas do you believe you need more assistance or training?”

Jim Rowe

Training clears facility, not aides, in heat-related death

Two former caretakers at an Illinois long-term care facility have been charged with Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect in the death of a 69-year-old resident with developmental disabilities, who was left in a van for several hours with outside temperatures above 90 degrees.

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