From Mcknights – A large percentage of nursing home residents’ emergency department (ED) visits are avoidable, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Using data collected for the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey, the CDC found that roughly 8% of nursing home patientsÛÓroughly 123,600ÛÓhad an ED visit in the past 90 days. Among these residents, the CDC estimates that 40%ÛÓabout 50,300 residentsÛÓwere potentially preventable. Some of the conditions resulting in an ED visit, such as urinary tract infection, could be more appropriately dealt with in a nursing home, researchers argued.
The number one reason for ED visits by nursing home patients was falls, researchers discovered. Those visits could possibly be prevented through efforts to prevent the falls themselves, according to the report. To download a copy of the report, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db33.pdf.
Does the nursing home your loved one resides in or a home you are considering for a loved one have a fall prevention program in place? Make sure to ask.