Archive for the ‘Nursing Home Injury’ Category

Nursing Home Staffing Numbers Now Available Online

By Sherri L. Warfel

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

As part of the NJ Department of Health’s effort to make health care more transparent, consumers can now go online to check staffing levels in nursing homes.

According to Mary E. O’Dowd, Commissioner of the Department of Health, “Adequate levels of nursing care are drivers of patient health outcomes.  By making this information available, health care consumers will have additional information that they can use to determine which nursing home might be the most appropriate place for a family member or loved one.”

The Nursing Home Staffing Level Report, which will be updated quarterly, shows staff-to-resident ratios for each of the following nurse categories: Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants.

The reports can be accessed by following the link,

http://nj.gov/health/healthcarequality/nhstaffing.shtml

As an attorney who frequently deals with the unfortunate incidences of nursing home neglect many claims filed for neglect are based upon issues with inadequate staffing.  I highly recommend everyone reviewing these reports before making any nursing home decisions.

For more information, or if you or a loved one has been involved in a neglectful situation, please visit our website at www.pralaw.com or call me for a free consultation at 800-PRA-LAWS.

Nursing Staff Shortages and Nursing Home Neglect

By Sherri L. Warfel

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing the United States is projected to have a nursing shortage that is expected to grow worse as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.

In an online poll of nurses conducted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) nearly three quarters of the participants reported insufficient staffing at their workplace.

So what effects do these shortages have on patient care?  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicates that facilities with low nurse staffing levels tend to have higher rates of poor patient outcomes with patient safety and quality of care on the decline.  Studies indicate that lower nurse staffing levels are associated with an increase in hospital acquired infections (such as MRSA and C-diff), pressure ulcers and falls.  Nursing home patients are especially susceptible to neglect because unlike acute care patients, long-term patients are more directly affected by the care and relationships they have with the nursing home staff.

Moreover, the same ANA poll referenced above indicated that more than half (52%) of the nurses report that the quality of care on their unit had declined, and half said they would not feel confident having someone close to them receive care in their facility.

If you or someone you love has suffered from pressure ulcers, fractures or another manner of nursing home neglect call an attorney at 609-520-0900 for a no-cost consultation.

Hospital Negligence often not reported

By Sherri L. Warfel

Monday, February 6th, 2012

According to a report released on January 5, 2012 by the Department of Health and Human Services, only 14 percent of harmful events affecting Medicare patients are being reported by hospitals.  Just two of the 18 most serious incidents – ones leading to permanent disability or death – were reported.

Based on the department’s estimates, the remaining 86 percent of patient-harm events are not reported by hospital staff.  With statistics like these it is more important than ever to keep a close watch on your loved ones when facing a medical or nursing home situation.   Should you suspect negligence, or have any questions about what constitutes harm, please contact me for a no-cost consultation.

Aging Population Leads to Increase in Nursing Home Problems

By Sherri L. Warfel

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Between 1946-64, America experienced a population explosion referred to as the baby boom era.  76 million people were born.  There has not been a population of this size before of since.  Baby boomers now range in age from 48 to 66 and as fact of life aging brings with it the need for medical care.

As a result, nursing home construction has accelerated in the past decade which has conversely resulted in a shortage of qualified nurses and nursing staff.  Many of them are not paid enough to recruit the so-called “cream of the crop” and the turn-over rate is high.

Something a little more disturbing is a study that the US Department of Health and Human Services came out with in March of 2010.  They surveyed nursing homes across the country and found that 92% or 9 out of 10 of them had at least one convicted criminal on staff.  Now I don’t know what all their misdeeds were but I am betting you would not want them taking care of your mother or father.  I am attorney that has been with this firm for 12 years and I handle nursing home malpractice.  If you think you may have a claim, contact me about it.