midwestnurse 472 Views
Joined: Feb 27, '04;
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Patient caregiver ratios do not seem to exist, at least here in Illinois. My mother was in 3 different nursing homes, the last in which she choked to death. I sincerely believe had the nursing home been adequately staffed, this may not have happened.
This week I had to place my stepfather in a nursing home. Once again, I find myself frustrated with the lack of staffing. I have written to legislator after legislator, spoken with state ombudsmen, etc., and always come up with the same answer, "There are no patient caregiver ratios, but nursing homes must MEET A PATIENT'S BASIC NEEDS." Patients deserve more than just a generalized statement. We MUST come up with numbers in order to protect our loved ones!
Per Illinois 77 Administrative Code Chapter I, sec. 300.1230:
SKILLED NURSING CARE = AT LEAST 2.5 HOURS OF NURSING CARE EACH DAY, OF WHICH AT LEAST 20% MUST BE LICENSED NURSE TIME.
Now, I ask, HOW can that possibly be measured?
Working first in med/surg and cardiac units has helped tremendously in my work on the psych unit. How many times do anxious patients report chest pain, not to mention all the somatic complaints, and the medical emergencies? My medical background has been extremely helpful in assessing patients' medical conditions.
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