Monday, September 21, 2009

Oh, Nana don't worry, you are fine!

Poor NHS communication leaves elderly at risk of superbugs

Poor communication between NHS hospitals and care homes may be putting elderly people at risk of contracting MRSA and other infections, the health and social care regulator has warned.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) found nearly one in five homes in England were not being told if patients discharged from hospitals were or had been infected.
Even when they were told, the data was sometimes incomplete or illegible, the survey of more than 1,000 care homes found.
The watchdog also highlighted poor practice by care homes - a quarter were not following guidelines covering issues such as isolating residents with infections and antibiotic management.

     This is in England but who will be running our care facilities, who will be choosing our doctors?
What is a care home?

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