Nurs­ing home meds

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NEARLY two-thirds of nurs­ing home res­i­dents are given psy­chi­atric drugs ev­ery day ac­cord­ing to a drug-use sur­vey by the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia.

The data showed that

61% of 11,300 res­i­dents in

150 homes were on daily doses of ben­zo­di­azepines or an­tide­pres­sants, many of which were given for their seda­tive func­tion.

The study found that these drugs were of­ten in­ap­pro­pri­ately pre­scribed with ex­perts say­ing these high rates demon­strate the preva­lence of chem­i­cal re­straint in nurs­ing homes, es­pe­cially to help with be­hav­iour con­trol for those with de­men­tia.

Lim­its on staff num­bers make it dif­fi­cult for nurs­ing staff to man­age be­hav­iours such as wan­der­ing, ag­i­ta­tion and call­ing out.

Man­dated staff-to-res­i­dent ra­tios could help re­duce chem­i­cal re­straint to a last re­sort, au­thors wrote.

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