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A warning about antipsychotic medication issues in nursing homes

Making the decision to go into a nursing home isn't an easy choice for some people. For some people, the fear of losing freedoms and being placed medications is one reason why going into a nursing home is difficult. While some people might think those fears are unreasonable, they are actually very valid fears. Our Kentucky readers might find some of this information intriguing.

Antipsychotic drugs are being given to almost 300,000 nursing home residents. These drugs are approved to treat mental illnesses that are considered serious. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are two of the mental illnesses that might require antipsychotic drugs. Sadly, some nursing homes are using these drugs to combat aggression and anxiety that is often caused by dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Medical negligence can lead to problems for Kentucky residents

If you remember, last week we discussed the story of the hospital employee who was being accused of hospital negligence. That story brings up a very interesting point. There is no place in any hospital for medical negligence. In that story last week, the victim of the negligence was a veteran. That victim could have been anyone. With that in mind, it is vital for those who are in the hospital to ensure they aren't falling victim to this type of problem.

We know that you can't stop certain things from happening. Even if you try to monitor what happens when you are in the hospital, you can't always ensure everything is going according to medically accepted standards. As a patient or a patient's family member, your focus is on ensuring comfort.

Employee accused of hospital negligence

Hospital employees need to be extremely conscientious, because they literally have the fate of other people's health in their hands. If they are negligent, patients suffer health consequences that can adversely affect the rest of their lives or even result in the deaths. When that happens, the hospital where the negligence happened can be legally liable in addition to the employee directly responsible. One case in which a hospital employee was viewed as negligent happened recently, and it did lead to the patient's death. It is currently under investigation.

The patient, 62, was a veteran of the United States army. He was supposed to be receiving outpatient care by an employee of a local Veterans Affairs hospital. However, earlier this year, the patient was found dead in his home.

Medication issues for people with Lewy body dementia

We have discussed a variety of nursing home abuse scenarios. Most often, we have discussed instances of falls and other similar issues. Those issues, however, aren't the only ones that residents of nursing homes have to deal with. Our Kentucky readers might find the instance of medication errors in certain patients in nursing homes interesting.

Patients with Lewy body dementia are in a unique position when it comes to what medications they can take. In some cases, patients who are given specific medications might suffer from very serious adverse effects of those medications. It is important that medical professionals who work with patients with Lewy body dementia understand these points.

Anesthesia medication errors can lead to complications

In our blog post last week, we discussed the death of Joan Rivers. Her daughter Melissa has sent out a message that her mother's death wasn't acceptable. Melissa filed a civil lawsuit for wrongful death. That might have some of our readers wanting to know more about anesthesia. Some points about general anesthesia might shock our Kentucky readers.

One point that some people don't realize about anesthesia is that when you are put to sleep under general anesthesia, your brain won't respond to the pain stimuli that occurs during the surgery. That's why you don't feel pain. One issue that comes up with the administration of anesthesia is that your breathing has to be controlled and assisted. This requires the medical team to be focused as they care for you. They have to closely monitor your bodily functions. Sadly, that doesn't always happen.

Melissa Rivers sues over medical negligence in mother's death

Last year, the country received a shock when it was made public that Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital and wasn't doing well at all. As the days passed, more and more information was made public about this tragic case. In the most recent update about this story, Melissa Rivers has decided to seek compensation for the wrongful death of her mother through a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our Kentucky readers might be interested in recapping the case and learning about why Melissa Rivers made this choice.

Rivers said that her mother deserved better than the care she received while in the care of Yorkville Endoscopy. While under sedation for a routine endoscopy, the comedienne stopped breathing. The lawsuit against the medical center claims the staff took selfies with the comedienne, performed unauthorized procedures on her and didn't act in an appropriate manner when her vital signs deteriorated.

Failure to diagnose conditions can be devastating

With how technology in the medical field has improved over the years, conditions that were once thought to be fatal and some that were thought to lead to misery can now be treated. The key to treating some of those conditions is early diagnosis so the treatment can start before the condition spreads or worsens. Our Kentucky neighbors can probably imagine how awful it would be to have a condition that isn't diagnosed quickly.

The sad reality is that conditions like cancer, appendicitis, heart attacks, and strokes can be fatal if they aren't treated right away. Even if treatment is only delayed slightly, the results can be devastating. As you can imagine, the results of not getting treatment at all can be even worse.

Can hand washing prevent patient harm in hospitals?

Many people think of hospitals as sanitary places. The truth is that many surfaces in hospitals are laden with nasty germs that can cause infections and other issues. As sick people sneeze, cough and breathe, those germs float around and land on surfaces. Even in the cleanest hospitals, there is a chance of getting sick from those germs. One of the best ways that people can stop the spread of these germs in hospitals is by washing their hands.

Who should wash their hands?

Does inadequate nurse staffing lead to patient harm?

It is no secret that people who go into the hospital for care rely heavily on nurses to ensure they receive proper care and are comfortable throughout their stay in the hospital. In order for the patients to remain safe and receive proper care, the nursing staff has to be properly scheduled and the ratio of nurses to patients has to be adequate. Our Kentucky readers might be interested to learn how improper staffing can lead to patients having problems in the hospital.

What factors determine what is considered an adequate nursing staff level?

Failure to diagnose cancer can mean trouble during morcellation

When people learn they will have to have surgery, their thoughts likely turn to how the surgery will be performed. When those people hear that they might have minimally invasive surgery instead of invasive surgery, they will likely be happy. Minimally invasive surgery usually means an easier and a shorter recovery time. Recently, the use of power morcellation as a way to complete hysterectomies or myomectomies has come under scrutiny. Our readers in Kentucky might find this interesting.

What is power morcellation?