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  • The Warm Body Phenomenon

    In the military there is an aphorism that suggests that when you are up to your neck in alligators, it is hard to remember that your objective is to drain the swamp.  It's a way of saying that sometimes the day-to-day hassles keep us from realizing our long term goals.  Nowhere is that more obvious than in the case of an Indiana nurse ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on February 3, 2011
  • Taking Care of the Young

    About one out of every seven people in nursing homes in the United States are less than 65 years old. That number has risen 22 percent in the last few years and accounts for about 15% of all nursing home residents.  The reasons for this vary, from poor management of diabetes and vascular disease, to ventilator care for neurologically ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on January 21, 2011
  • Protecting Residents From Each Other

    I know that sometimes I must sound like a broken record, but an incident in a Vermont nursing facility underscores why it is so important for nursing personnel to actively manage patient interactions. In Bennington, Vermont an 84-year-old woman suffering from dementia walked into the room of a 58-year-old man. The man was heard yelling, and ...
    Posted to Legal Speak (Weblog) on December 9, 2010