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Nearly All Nursing Homes Fail Federal Rules on Anti-Psychotics



The improper use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing homes is much worse than previously reported, according to the Office of Inspector General, which says that 99.5% of sampled records fail to meet all federal requirements.



2 comments on "Nearly All Nursing Homes Fail Federal Rules on Anti-Psychotics"
lynn (7/14/2012 at 12:39 AM)

I have always said that we nurses and health Care Professionals need to look at different ways to help patients with Psych difficulties-these patients have lost their homes ect..high stress time for them.I hate it when a team of psych comes in and puts an elderly patient on an antidepressant- antipsychotic-mood stabilizer...you know that patient is most likely going to become lethargic and have a decreased appetite so they will loose weight become dehydrated ect ect..then you will go to a ''care plan'' meeting and they will all sit around and say "whats up with mrs Smith-she has lost weight-and lethargic" Makes no sence to me.I am glad that the field is starting to look at new avenues to handle this problem.
Susan Ward (7/13/2012 at 10:35 AM)

Psychiatrists and psychologists won't come to the hospital to evaluate a drug overdose patient, but the federal experts think they should visit nursing homes regularly to assess patients and help develop the plan of care. You have set almost every nursing home up to be noncompliant with the regulations. These experts need to spend some time in the nursing homes and observe the care patients receive and see how easy it is to get a physician to visit and assess patients, let alone a psychiatrist. It is time the people who make the regulations get out into the real world and learn what goes on day to day in health care.