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Antipsychotic Medications: Risks and 5 Components to Consider for Minimized Usage

Posted by Pam Duchene on Fri, Jan 11, 2019

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Antipsychotic medications pose tremendous risks for older adults, which is illustrated in the black box warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which identify increased risk of death in elderly patients with dementia [1].  

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Topics: Antipsychotics

Five Strategies for Pain Management

Posted by Pam Duchene on Thu, Oct 04, 2018

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A key area of concern within the IMPACT (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation) act is that of preventing pain and alleviating suffering occurring in older adults in skilled nursing facilities.  The Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign provides ongoing reporting on state and national rates of Quality Measures, including the rate for residents self-reporting moderate to severe pain. 

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Topics: Pain Management

Core Competencies for Healthcare Clinicians

Posted by Pam Duchene on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

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The healthcare environment is in a state of perpetual change and as such, the skills and capabilities of those working within the healthcare system require a continual assessment of competence.  Clinicians are responsible for ensuring that they consistently meet competencies associated with professional standards.  This means that those practicing within the healthcare environment need to adopt the habits of life-long learning and accept responsibility for developing competence for areas not included within their basic educational program. 

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Topics: Core Competencies

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