Nursing Homes Are Dangerous Places

One-in-three patients in skilled nursing facilities suffered a medication error, infection or some other type of harm related to their treatment, according to a government report released today that underscores the widespread nature of the country’s patient harm problem.

Doctors who reviewed the patients’ records determined that 59 percent of the errors and injuries were preventable. More than half of those harmed had to be readmitted to the hospital at an estimated cost of $208 million for the month studied — about 2 percent of Medicare’s total inpatient spending. (Propublica)

HT: Jason Shafrin.

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  1. Chancy says:

    That is really unacceptable. Patients go to nursing homes for safety and treatment, not for danger. Why the places that should be safe are no longer safe any more?

    • Erik says:

      Prevailing wages in that industry and corporate profit margins. Patients are just entries in a ledger.

  2. Studebaker says:

    Disgusting places.

  3. Linda Gorman says:

    Nursing homes are not pleasant places.

    The real question, however, is whether they are more dangerous than the available alternatives?

    And whether the federal and state cuts for reimbursement, along with their unique liability and regulatory position, have anything to do with this state of affairs?