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Boomerang Hospitalizations of Nursing Home Residents

seniors-1505944_640-thumb-250x166-97774.jpgBoomerang hospitalizations severely impact patient health and put patients at significant risk of potentially life-threatening complications. Patients who are prematurely released from hospital care and patients who receive substandard care from their nursing home provider are at considerable risk of becoming entrapped in the boomerang cycle. Regulators are taking notice and in 2016, it was estimated that potentially avoidable hospital readmissions had dropped from 12.4% in 2011 to 10.8% in 2016. While the rates of boomerang admissions are declining, it is a problem that continues to affect millions of nursing home residents across the country.  

Metro-East Nursing Homes Some of the Worst in Illinois

senior.jpgNursing homes in the Metro-East area are among the most dangerous facilities in the state for elderly residents. Many of these homes have significant rates of patient infection, assault, and other forms of elder abuse. While the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has issued numerous citations to nursing homes that have violated their duty of care to residents, many of these homes are still in operation.

Failure to Administer Medications Can Be Deadly

medications.jpgFailing to administer medications to elderly patients can have dangerous, potentially deadly consequences and nursing homes can be held liable for the injuries or deaths their negligence causes. When caregivers neglect to administer patient medications, they leave patients susceptible to a variety of complications including the formation of blood clots, the development of antibiotic resistance, unregulated blood sugars and blood pressures and more. In some cases, all it takes is one missed dose to start a deadly chain reaction that results in the patient's death. 

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