Medical errors adversely affect seniors

Over medication of seniors has become a major problem and families can play a vital role in averting this menace. Greater interaction among patients, their families and hospital staff, mainly care-giving assistants and nurses, could play a significant role in curbing the overuse of drugs according to state and local officials, during a field hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging led by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Over medicating is one of the major issues confronted by seniors looking for medical help. Seniors are influenced by medical errors in an uneven manner with one in seven Medicare beneficiaries debilitated during the course of care, as per the federal health officials. Recently, increasing number of hospitals and nursing homes have been found to have been using such medications unnecessarily.

A new national partnership to improve dementia care was announced by CMS earlier this year with an aim to minimize the use of anti-psychotic drugs by the end of the year. The problem needs to be handled more aggressively as there is growing evidence that anti-psychotic drugs part d may not be suitable for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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