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Standards of Care in American Nursing Homes

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 16th, 2009

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 entitles residents of nursing homes to receive the "highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being." This act also included various other provisions to clearly indicate the proper care residents should receive. Any nursing home that receives Medicaid or Medicare funds must abide by these rules. Violators are subject to sanctions.

One provision outlaws clinically avoidable pressure sores or contractures, which occur when a patient does not move around and lays stagnant during the course of the day. Another rule defines nutritional standards, which maintain a resident's proper body weight and hydration at healthy levels. Finally, the doctrine establishes that facilities have a proper number of staff to maintain these provisions.

These provisions and rules seem to force nursing homes to maintain a high standard of care for patients. However, for various reasons, many nursing homes are not keeping up to this standard. Many homes are currently understaffed and many patients are experiencing both nursing home abuse and injuries in the home.

The obvious reaction involves people wondering how these homes are avoiding sanctions and repercussions from the government or costly lawsuits from residents. One answer involves the massive legal team many of the conglomerate corporations employ. Corporate defense attorneys are very well trained and have developed many strategies to defeat these lawsuits or force private settlements.

New Fetal Monitoring Guidelines Won't Prevent Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 13th, 2009

In the July 2009 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a trade and medical research publication, the American College of Obstetricaisn and Gynecologists released refined definitions, classifications, and interpretations of fetal heart rate monitoring.

Defective Product Recall: July 2009

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 10th, 2009

Four consumer products were recalled today: smoke alarms, tea kettles, sports balls and children's pullover jackets. Each of these items was recalled because of potential danger and risks involved with each product’s use.

When the Dog Bites

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 7th, 2009

Each year, approximately four million Americans report dog bites to police and health officials. Most of these bites do not cause much damage and are superficial, but in 2007, thirty-three fatalities were caused by dog maulings.

Houston Daycare Shut Down for Child Endangerment

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 2nd, 2009

Our sister site, www.daycareabuse.com, broke this story earlier, but it bears repeating - again and again and again:

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that child welfare officials, in an investigation of the home-based daycare due west of Houston, Texas, found several children locked in an outdoor storage shed, amidst gasoline, insecticides, lawnmowers and other outdoor equipment. The investigation was initiated after a concerned citizen reported too many children at the facility on Wednesday afternoon.

"Talk and Die Syndrome" - Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 1st, 2009

Although nothing has been confirmed, it appears as though prominent pitchman Billy Mays from symptoms linking to a traumatic brain injury. If confirmed, this will be the second case of TBI to have led to the death of a famous personality.

June Newsletter 2009

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 26th, 2009

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Guidelines for Nursing Home Care

Submitted by Anonymous on Jun 24th, 2009

Medicare is implementing a new format to combat nursing home abuse, developing new and creative ways to improve nursing home management. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for nursing home surveyors on June 19, 2009. This new guidance further defines and describes several important dimensions of care to help improve nursing home residents? quality of life and environment.

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