Ask for nose spray to lessen infection risk if you're having surgery

Sometimes the simplest solutions are "right under our nose." The risk of infection is one of the most common and well-known risks associated with any surgery. For years, doctors and hospitals have cooked up various ways to lessen infection risk and eradicate the bacteria and bugs that seem to thrive in hospitals and operating rooms. Until now, these efforts have only marginally reduced the rate of infections following surgery. The staph bacterium has been particularly troublesome. How can the risk of infection be reduced? Research shows that the staff bacterium is the most common cause of infections following surgery. Now, … [Read more...]

Patient rights protection is getting major help from a new ad campaign

Patient rights protection might not be the first thing you think about when you or a loved one has to go to a hospital. You may not always need it, but when you do, you’re sure glad it’s there. Why is patient rights protection important? To explain why patient rights protection is important, let me share what may be a shocking statistic. Fact: Research shows that each year, 98,000 lives will be lost to preventable medical errors. Do you know what the keyword is in that sentence? It’s “preventable” and it means that these medical errors that cause wrongful death can be avoided. These are errors that should not happen and these deaths … [Read more...]

Visiting a nursing home requires observation and communication

Visiting a nursing home is not an easy thing to do. The truth is, one visit can have huge implications for someone you love. You can learn so much just by spending a little time at a home, talking with staff and absorbing the atmosphere. When visiting a nursing home, you should have a sharp eye and be very observant for anything that stands out — good or bad. When visiting a nursing home, what should I look for? When you’re visiting a nursing home, you want to gauge the morale of residents and staff, but most importantly, you want to know about one word: care. How are residents cared for? What’s the quality of care? Do employees … [Read more...]

Are nursing homes safe for our loved ones?

Are nursing homes safe? If you have to decide whether to move a loved one to a nursing home, you should ask yourself, this question: “Are nursing homes safe?” The answer is yes and no: We would like to believe that all nursing homes offer proper attention and care, but sadly, our experience and the statistics show that this is not true for every case. Some nursing homes are safer than others — but no place is truly safe because you are entrusting your loved ones to the care of the strangers who staff these nursing homes. According to the American Psychological Association’s Office on Aging, “every year an estimated 2.1 million older … [Read more...]