The Use of Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes
Antipsychotic Medication in Nursing Homes – According to an Article in Modern Medicine; Elderly patients newly admitted to nursing homes are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotics if the nursing home has a high prescribing rate for antipsychotics, according to a study in the Jan. 11 Archives of Internal Medicine. A related study determined that an FDA advisory on the use of atypical antipsychotics in elderly dementia patients resulted in decreased use.
The article goes on to state: Yong Chen, M.D., from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, and colleagues assessed factors associated with antipsychotic prescribing in 16,586 newly admitted nursing home residents. They found that more than 29 percent of residents received at least one antipsychotic medication, even though 32 percent of them had no clinical indication for the medication. After adjusting for potential clinical indications, the likelihood of receiving medication was higher for residents in nursing homes with the highest antipsychotic prescribing rates than the lowest rates (risk ratio, 1.37).
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For the rest of the article see, Antipsychotic Use in Elderly, Prescribing Rates ExaminedFDA warning leads to decreased use of the drugs among elderly patients with dementia.
As an attorney that handles abuse and neglect cases most forms of neglect are preventable situations, including falls. Often the underlying reason for the falls and resulting serious injuries to elderly nursing home residents is a lack of adequately trained and supervised staff. Many times the nusing home attempts to reduce costs by replacing highly training RN nursing staff with less trained and lower paid LPNs.
Many times the resident is confused due to medication they are taking, or the onset of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. It is the nursing home’s duty to ensure the resident is adequately monitored by qualified staff to ensure their safety. Many times there are not enough staff members to respond to all the care needs of the residents and to monitor the safety alarms in place to protect residents from falls.
This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please call Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to Klabore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com, or call Ken at 612-743-9048.