Seniors in Ont. nursing homes overprescribed antipsychotic drugs: study

In the nursing homes with the highest antipsychotic prescribing rates, 16.6 per cent of patients with neither psychosis nor dementia were given the drugs, according to a recent study. 

Ontario nursing homes are too quick to give vulnerable seniors antipsychotic drugs to keep them calm, suggests a disturbing new study examining prescribing rates for the drugs at 485 facilities.

The study of 47,322 residents in provincially regulated nursing homes indicates the average rate of antipsychotic prescribing by home ranged from 21 per cent in the groups with the lowest average rate to 44 per cent in the highest category.

Residents in nursing homes with high prescribing rates were three times more likely to be given antipsychotic drugs – whether they need them – than others in facilities with lower antipsychotic prescribing rates, indicates the research by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences.

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Hidden Cameras Uncover Patient Neglect At Queens Nursing Home
November 22, 2006

Nine employees of a Queens nursing home were arrested after hidden cameras uncovered a case of alleged patient neglect.

Secret cameras were installed at the Hollis Park Manor nursing home as part of an investigation by the state attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzer says one camera inside a 67-year-old woman’s room revealed weeks of neglect. Spitzer says it also showed employees changing the woman’s records to make it look like she received the proper care.

Now the medical director, two nurses, and six nurses aides are in police custody.

The medical director of the home is denying the charges.

Article published Mar 22, 2006

Ex-nursing chief sues White Oak Manor

A former nursing director at a Spartanburg long-term care facility is seeking court relief on claims she was fired for refusing to help cover up a medication error that sent a resident into a brain-damaging insulin shock.

Management at White Oak Manor–Spartanburg warned Carol Hodge not to disclose the outcome of her investigation into the medication mistake to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control or to the resident’s family, according to Hodge’s lawsuit, filed this month in Spartanburg County Court of Common Pleas. Hodge’s lawyer, Donald Coggins of Spartanburg, said Hodge’s superiors began finding problems with her work when she ignored those directives.

"She was told by her superiors because it was a medication error, it didn’t have to be reported and they would rather she didn’t," he said.

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