Thursday, April 24, 2014

Study: Facilities Often Delay Palliative Care Until Death Is Imminent

A new study has found that long-term care nurses often delay transitioning residents to palliative care until they are very close to death, for a number of reasons.

The surveyors interviewed LTC staff, who offered multiple explanations for the findings. One reason is that family members often want care interventions as a resident approaches death, even if an advance directive is in place. Another possible reason is that the magnitude of the decision makes it difficult. Finally, caregivers explained that switching to palliative care can be construed as "giving up" on the resident.

As a result, residents might only be moved to palliative care once death is imminent, creating a scramble to get family members on board with the decision.

The study's authors suggest clearly defining "palliative care" for both staff members and family so that it is seen as a type of care rather than the absence of care. They also suggest facility policies include information on caring for residents with uncertain prognoses.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Study: Cipro, Related Antibiotics Raise MRSA Risk in LTC Settings

Researchers in France have found that long-term care residents who take fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as Cipro are at an increased risk of developing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.

During the study, the researchers tracked roughly 450 residents who were not colonized with MRSA when they were admitted. Seventy-five members of this group developed MRSA and the researchers were able to identify fluoroquinolone use as being associated with its development. They also found that more than 93 percent of the MRSA strains were resistant to fluoroquinolones.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

AEDs: Saving Lives in a Heartbeat

What would happen if someone in your facility experienced sudden cardiac arrest? It can happen at any time, to people of any age and affects roughly 350,000 people every year. If you don’t have an automated external defibrillator (AED) nearby, you could be reducing the victim’s chance of survival.

AEDs analyze a heart’s rhythm and, if deemed necessary, deliver an electrical shock. This shock, known as defibrillation, helps the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. For each minute that defibrillation is delayed, the victim’s chance of survival drops by 10 percent – critical time that can slip away waiting for a first response team.1

The Red Cross believes that all Americans should be within four minutes of an AED and someone trained to use it. AEDs are the only effective treatment for restoring a regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. The Red Cross recommends using them in combination with CPR for the most effective results.1

Fortunately, today’s AEDs are easy to operate, even for people with no medical background. They are lightweight, portable and increasingly affordable. There are even units that talk the user through the procedure, helping to reduce stress and panic.

To learn more about AED options for your facility, contact your ProMed territory manager, give us a call at (800) 648-5190 or visit us online at

1 American Red Cross. Learn About Automated External Defibrillators. Available at: Accessed April 17, 2014.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Study: Aggression in Advanced Dementia Stages Can Signal Pain

According to a new study, people with dementia are more likely to become aggressive when they are in physical pain only in the advanced stages of the disease.

Residents with severe cognitive impairment had "significantly more frequent aggressive behaviors" when they were in pain; however, this was not the case for residents with less severe dementia. The study's authors concluded that caregivers should monitor aggressive behaviors in those with dementia and consider pain relief when aggression increases.

The authors also noted that "accurate but simple pain assessment" needs to be further developed for individuals with dementia.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

ProMed Easter Closure Reminder

Professional Medical will be closed Friday, April 18 in honor of Good Friday/Easter.

Please call our Customer Care department at 800.648.5190 if you have questions or concerns. Thank you!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Save Now On Great Equipment for Your Facility

Now is the perfect time to freshen up your facility's equipment! From now through May 31, ProMed is offering great deals on some of our most popular items as well as free freight on orders over $600.

Special pricing is currently available on the following items: 

The Silver Sport 2 Wheelchair is available in 18" and 20" widths and with either detachable desk arms or padded armrests. It is upholstered in embossed vinyl that is durable and easy to clean.

The Aluminum Rollator, which is offered in both blue and red frames, has six-inch wheels that won't mark floors. It's perfect for both indoor and outdoor use.

Our Economy Raised Toilet Seat adds 4" of height to a toilet seat and can support individuals weighing up to 300 pounds. The seat is designed for residents who have difficulty sitting down on or standing up from the toilet.

The Two-Button Folding Walker has easy push-button mechanisms that can be operated by fingers, palms or the side of the hand. Its sturdy 1" aluminum construction is both strong and lightweight.

The Gel-Foam Wheelchair Cushion is specially designed to redistribute pressure in an effort to help prevent pressure ulcers. It is made of high-density foam that encapsulates a dual-chamber gel bladder and is available in 16", 18" and 20" widths.

The Deluxe Aluminum Bath Chair is lightweight, durable and corrosion-proof. Its seat height can be adjusted from 15.5" to 19.5" to accommodate a wide range of users.

For additional details on these specials as well as future promotions, be sure to subscribe to Mr. B's Equipment Specials. Click here to be added to our subscriber list!

For more information on the special pricing available on these items, please contact your territory manager or give us a call at (800) 648-5190.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CMS: Nursing Homes Achieved Antipsychotic Reduction Goal

CMS has announced that nursing homes have succeeded in reducing antipsychotic use by more than 15 percent, achieving the primary goal of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.

The initiative, which was announced in 2012, joined together private and public organizations to educate providers and help them transition residents off antipsychotics. The 15 percent reduction goal was achieved in every state.

While the reduction is a step in the right direction, one in five residents in long-term care is still on an antipsychotic, showing the need for additional progress. CMS plans to set a new goal for 2014 now that the initial goal has been met.

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