Category: Medications

Individualized Medication Plan

McKnight’s reported on a new disconcerting study about blood pressure medication increasing the risk of falls especially with people suffering from dementia. JAMA Internal Medicine published a study showing residents in nursing homes who took antihypertensive medicines had higher risks for falls and fractures. Authors of the report said the risks for falling or getting fractures were even higher among

Chemical Straitjackets

A new report corroborates what experts and advocates have known for years: chemical restraints are far too common in nursing homes. The report also looked at potential overuse of certain medications like antipsychotic drugs. Many residents do not need antipsychotic drugs for treatment or medical reasons. The staff administers the medications to make residents more compliant.

“Reckless Disregard”

CBS reported another nurse accused of diluting a nursing home patient’s prescribed morphine in 2021. Federal prosecutors indicted Nickole Butler who worked as a registered nurse at a skilled nursing facility in Illinois. “Patients deserve to have confidence that they are receiving the legitimately prescribed medication and not a diluted substance,” Morris Pasqual, Acting U.S.

Lawsuit over Insulin Deaths

Heather Pressdee, a registered nurse at Quality Life Services’ nursing home in Pittsburgh, is accused of giving lethal doses of insulin to a beloved father Joseph Campbell on Christmas Day. She is now accused of administering lethal doses of unnecessary medication that resulted in the deaths of two patients and the hospitalization of a third,

Dementia and Medications

Medications can negatively effect people suffering from dementia. McKnight’s recently had articles on opioids and benzodiazepine. Opioids A new study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Amsterdam shows that older adults with dementia given opioids have a higher risk for dying during the first two weeks after starting the drugs. After following those

Drug Diversion

Fox9 reported the tragic, yet far too common, theft of narcotics at nursing homes. This is the third time registered nurse Jody Diercks had her license suspended for allegedly stealing pain medications. The board previously suspended her license for stealing prescription pain medications from patients. She has been diagnosed with polysubstance dependence and a mental health

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