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Safeguarding Against Abuse of the Elderly

February 18, 2013 – 5:53 pm Comments Off

With an increase in the American “baby boomer” population, the tally of U.S. citizens living in nursing homes has approached 1.5 million, according to the Kaiser Family Health Foundation.
With this increased market segment residing in more than 16,000 …

How to Stay Flu Free This Season

January 10, 2012 – 7:38 pm Comments Off
How to Stay Flu Free This Season

Flu season typically lasts from the fall through early spring. During this time, some 200,000 people will be hospitalized and as many as 50,000 (with an average of 23,000) may die from the disease.
The flu is more dangerous …

Prescription for Disaster: Preventing Medication Injury

January 4, 2012 – 7:48 pm Comments Off
Prescription for Disaster: Preventing Medication Injury

Prescription drugs are ubiquitous in society today. From the myriad of television commercials to the constant debate by federal and state governments on how to insure Americans’ prescriptions, prescription drugs are never far from the public consciousness.
It is with good reason, …

Commentary: 5 Tips for Dealing with Medicine’s Corporate Bullies

September 13, 2011 – 9:33 am Comments Off
Commentary: 5 Tips for Dealing with Medicine’s Corporate Bullies

No longer is bullying is confined to the schoolyard. An intellectual bullying has been going on in this country for years and the number of victims reaches to the hundreds of thousands.
Who are the culprits? Big Pharma and its close …

A Cautionary Tale: The FDA, Medical Devices, and Patient Safety

February 9, 2011 – 3:37 pm One Comment

In August of 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, was forced to recall its ASR hip implant used in hip replacement surgeries – just five years after it had been put on the U.S. market – due to an unusually high failure rate.

The hip implant, known as the ASR model, was designed to last 15 years or more. But reality did not match the promises. After the ASR model had been implanted in thousands of patients, it began failing worldwide after just a few years.

Elderly Drivers — How Old Is Too Old?

September 21, 2010 – 4:41 pm Comments Off

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there are more than 20 million drivers age seventy and older on the roads today. What does that mean to you? In Illinois alone, more than 796,000 residents over seventy have valid drivers’ licenses, including one 106 year-old man. As scary as that sounds, the national figure is expected to triple by 2030 as motorists sixty-five and older will account for 57 million individuals in the population.

Bedsores: Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones

September 7, 2010 – 6:23 pm One Comment

In 2010, there is simply no excuse for anyone to get a bedsore. It is usually a preventable event, and healthcare workers should not allow bedsores to occur. Bedsores, also known as pressure sores or decubitus ulcers, almost never happen when patients are properly cared for. In fact, Medicare has classified bedsores as “never events.” This means they should never happen, and if they do, Medicare will refuse to pay the nursing home or hospital where the bedsore happened.

Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

September 4, 2010 – 5:01 pm Comments Off

We all worry about having our loved ones in a nursing home. We worry about neglect, bed sores and other injuries but hate to even consider sexual assault. Unfortunately, sexual assaults do occur, and we need to be aware so we can protect our loved ones and others in the nursing home.

Preventing Falls By the Elderly

May 21, 2010 – 5:48 pm Comments Off
Preventing Falls By the Elderly

If you have elderly parents or friends or care for them in the home, fall prevention must be taken into consideration so that they have a safe and secure living environment. Falls can have a devastating effect on the elderly. Statistics indicate that almost one in three seniors living in their own home or the home of adult children caregivers suffers a serious fall at least once a year.