Report Finds Understaffing in Nursing Home Leads to Injuries from Falls, Pressure Ulcers and Medication Errors

Between 2015 and 2018, a study showed that one state had 247 incidents involving elderly patients in nursing homes. The incidents included injuries from falls, medication errors and pressure ulcers. These are highly preventable and associated with lack of care provided because of insufficient staffing.

From this, the Department of Public Health and the Advanced Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, filed a consent order and mandated nursing homes in the area hire nursing consultants. These consultants were tasked with evaluating the ability of the staff to care for the patients. For more, read the story here.

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