McKnight’s Long-Term Care News recently reported on a new research study at the University of Washington measuring the outcomes of patients who were discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). According to researchers, when hospitals discharge trauma or post-surgery patients to SNFs with lower ratios of nurses to beds, the patients have lower rates of mortality. However, those patients who went to SNFs in general, as opposed to those who went home, typically had worse outcomes, and higher rates of readmission. The goal of the study was to determine whether nurse staffing and patient numbers in nursing homes had any impact on the outcomes for those patients.
The study analyzed more than 389,000 patients who went to 3,700 Medicare-certified SNFs between 2007 and 2009. All of the patients were discharged to these SNFs following trauma or surgery. The researchers concluded that modifying and standardizing certain characteristics of SNFs could improve patient outcomes. For instance, standardizing staffing levels at SNFs could reduce differences in the quality of post-acute patient care. Likewise, standardizing specialization also could improve outcomes. Therefore, the researchers concluded that staffing levels and specialization are two factors that definitely impact outcomes for patients who are discharged to SNFs following acute care.
If care in a skilled nursing facility should lead to financial exploitation, physical or emotional abuse or injuries, you may have legal grounds for a lawsuit against the individual and agency that allowed the abuse or neglect to occur. If you or a loved one is in this situation, you immediately should contact an experienced Wisconsin long-term care attorney at Boller & Vaughan. We know how to protect your rights and potentially get you compensation for any injuries that occurred. When professional caregivers fail to meet the duty of care owed to you or your loved one, it is up to you to hold negligent Wisconsin home health care agencies and nursing facilities responsible for their actions. Call Boller & Vaughan today and see what assistance we can offer you and your family.