Five ways Durgin Pines pared back drug overuse:
Had doctors question every
request for antipsychotic drugs.
Held staff education sessions
on every shift.
Provided one-on-one feedback within 24 hours of an inappropriate request.
Used “global stimulus reduction” to remove triggers that upset patients.
Required re-evaluations within 72 hours for patients prescribed the drugs.
To reduce overuse of antipsychotics, Durgin Pines nursing home changed environmental factors, such as lighting and the dining service.