Media investigators report that there is an increase in Texas nursing home residents being harmed by medication errors. The media reports that “state investigators cited Texas nursing homes 1,060 times for medication errors in 2011. In 2013, violations jumped by nearly 200 more. Of those, staff giving residents ‘unnecessary drugs’ increased the most by more than 78 percent.”
When nursing homes inappropriately administer antipsychotic drugs to residents with no mental illness, “that’s a sign facilities likely don’t have enough staff,” according to an AARP source noted in the report. “It would be easier to medicate them, to calm them down, to make it easier for [the nursing home staff] to handle.”
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