In the Elder Justice Newsletter, we highlight citations, including deficiencies related to abuse, neglect, and substandard care, that have been identified as not causing any resident harm. The goal of this brief newsletter is to shed light on the issue of so-called “no harm” deficiencies, which typically result in no fine or penalty to the nursing home.
This issue of the Elder Justice Newsletter is dedicated to nursing home residents receiving dangerous and unnecessary antipsychotic drugs across the United States.
This newsletter focuses on the following “no harm” violations:
Black box warning: Unnecessary psychotropics given to resident living with dementia.
Why am I so tired all the time?: Residents drugged without consent.
Improper diagnosis: Resident receives antipsychotic without clinical indication for its use .
Medication as needed… for whom?: Psychotropic medications continued beyond 14 days.
“End date: Indefinite”: Director of nursing doesn’t know drug rules.
Short cut: Nursing home resorts to APs before implementing behavioral interventions.