Why Quality Measures are Important to You (Short Stay Resident)
|Quality Measures||Why is This Information Important?|
|Percentage of short-stay residents who self-report moderate to severe pain||
Residents should always be checked regularly by nursing home staff to see if they are having pain. Residents (or someone on their behalf) should let staff know if they are in pain so efforts can be made to find the cause and make the resident more comfortable. If pain is not treated, a resident may not be able to perform daily routines, may become depressed, or have an overall poor quality of life. This percentage may include some residents who are getting or have been prescribed treatment for their pain, but who refuse pain medicines or choose to take less. They choose to accept a certain level of pain so they can stay more alert.
|Percentage of short-stay residents with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened||
Pressure ulcers may:
Pressure ulcers may worsen without proper interventions and may place residents at risk for further complications or skin injury.
There are several things that nursing homes can do that may help to prevent or treat pressure sores, such as frequently changing the resident's position, proper nutrition, and using soft padding to reduce pressure on the skin. Some residents may get pressure sores even when the nursing home provides good preventive care.
|Percentage of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the seasonal influenza vaccine||
The "flu" (also called influenza) is a very contagious respiratory infection. Flu is spread very easily from person to person. People are usually infected when a person coughs or sneezes.
The flu shot (influenza vaccination) can prevent you from getting the flu or reduce your risk of becoming seriously ill from the flu. People who are age 65 and older are at higher risk for developing serious life-threatening medical complications from the flu. If you are age 65 or older, you should get the flu shot once every year.
Residents should be given a flu shot during the flu season (October through March). You should not get another flu shot if you have already received a flu shot at another place, or if there is a medical reason why you should not receive it. Learn more about flu shots and the elderly - Opens in a new window.
|Percentage of short-stay residents assessed and given, appropriately, the pneumococcal vaccine||
The pneumococcal shot (pneumococcal vaccination) may help you prevent, or lower the risk of becoming seriously ill from pneumonia caused by bacteria. It may also help you prevent future infections.
Residents should be asked if they have been vaccinated for pneumonia, and if not, you should be given the pneumococcal shot unless there is a medical reason why you should not receive it.
|Percentage of short-stay residents who are newly administered antipsychotic medications||
Antipsychotic drugs are an important treatment for patients with certain mental health conditions. However, the FDA has warned that antipsychotic medications are associated with an increased risk of death when used in elderly patients with dementia and the medications have side effects. Therefore, these medications must be used appropriately. Interventions that do not involve medications should be used first if possible and the continued use of antipsychotics should be carefully monitored.
Consumers should ask nursing homes about their approach to managing behavior. Interventions that do not require medications, such as higher staffing ratios, many and varied activities, and consistent assignment, have been shown to be successful in many cases.