The federal government is asking health inspectors nationwide to be on the lookout for errors by nursing homes in managing the blood thinner Coumadin, including those that lead to patient hospitalizations and deaths.
A popular blood thinner is widely praised by the medical community, and for good reason – it can save lives. But a story from the nonprofit journalism outlet ProPublica points out the risks associated with the drug, if it isn’t monitored closely.
A warning for those with a loved one in a nursing home. Common medications used to treat mental illness can be deadly for older people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.