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November 2015 Archives

Psychological abuse - nursing home abuse part 3

In a previous post, we mentioned that psychological abuse is one of the most prevalent forms of abuse found in nursing homes. According to statistics from the National Center on Elder Abuse, as many as 21 percent of nursing home residents report that they are victims of this kind of harm every year. The ones inflicting this abuse are the ones who have been tasked with their charges’ mental and physical safety, the employees of these homes. 

Physical abuse in nursing homes – nursing home abuse Part 2

As discussed in a previous post, physical abuse is the most common type of abuse reported in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the U.S. The National Center on Elder Abuse defines physical abuse as any act of physical force that could cause another person physical pain, injury or impairment. This type of harm can occur when an offending person shoves, hits, slaps, kicks, pushes or shakes another person with an intent to cause them pain or harm. When a staff member or other employee of the nursing home is the one who is acting violently toward an elderly patient, they may be guilty of this type of nursing home abuse.

What is nursing home abuse? Part 1

If you or a loved one are living in one of New York’s long-term care facilities, such as a nursing home, you should become familiar with nursing home abuse. The Cambridge Dictionary states that abuse occurs when one person takes advantage of another who is dependent upon them for care, or uses them in ways that are harmful or immoral.

Sponge tracking technology may save lives

According to a study by Johns Hopkins, sponges are left inside patients on average 39 times a week in the U.S. This can lead to serious infection, extended stays in the hospital, further surgeries and even death. New York patients are not immune to this serious issue. To combat the problem, Fox News reports that some hospitals are implementing a new type of sponge tracking technology that will help them determine if they have left any potentially deadly sponges inside surgical patients.

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