Tag Archives: Improving Standards in Care Homes

Potential Harms From Polypharmacy in the Elderly (BBC News / Age UK / EJCP / Bazian / Lancet Psychiatry)

Summary An Age UK report investigates the potential harms of over-prescribing medicines for older people. Older persons often remain on too many prescribed medicines, putting them at risk of side-effects, potentially resulting in falls and other forms of serious harm. … Continue reading

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Counter-Intuitive Evidence on the Efficacy of Education for Healthcare Professionals in the Prevention of Pressure Ulcers (Cochrane Database / NHS Improvement)

Summary Conventional wisdom would suggest that education and training of healthcare staff must be of some practical benefit for the prevention of pressure ulcers. In the real world it may well do so, who knows, but a Cochrane Review has … Continue reading

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NHS England’s Pharmacy Integration Fund (NHS England / BBC News)

Summary Care home residents often have multiple long-term conditions and are often prescribed several different medicines (polypharmacy). NHS England plans to fund recruitment of 180 pharmacists and 60 pharmacy technicians who will work with care homes to try to reduce … Continue reading

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Oral Health in Care Homes: QS151 (NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has produced a quality standard with the aim of improving the quality of life for care home residents. Full Text Link Reference Oral health in care homes: NICE Quality Standard … Continue reading

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Dementia Assessment and Referral to GPs: DeAR-GP (NICE / HIN)

Summary It was already known that between 75% – 89% of care home residents have dementia, but many of these persons do not receive a diagnosis. The Health Innovation Network (HIN) worked with five care homes to design the Dementia … Continue reading

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Malnutrition on Hospital Wards and in Care Homes? (BBC News / ONS / JGCR)

Summary Data from the Office for National Statistics indicates that malnutrition and / or dehydration were factors contributing to the deaths of 828 patients in hospitals and care homes in England and Wales during 2015. The following piece explores the … Continue reading

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