Nursing home nurses are dying at alarming rate in India and the United States.
The numbers are staggering, and are often a wake-up call to lawmakers who have long focused on the healthcare system’s shortcomings.
“There’s an epidemic of nursing home residents dying of pneumonia,” said Karen O’Connell, who heads the nursing homes health program for the National Nurses United.
“They have respiratory problems.
They have a range of other problems.
It’s an acute problem.”
There’s been a steep increase in deaths from respiratory infections in nursing homes since 2015.
Hospitals are finding ways to combat that with technology that monitors nurses’ vital signs, including a smartphone app.
But the problem persists, with at least 4,000 nursing home deaths reported in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The nurses’ deaths are part of a broader crisis that’s become even more acute in nursing facilities around the country.
There are now more than 11,000 reported respiratory infections each day, according the Centers of Disease Control.
And the death toll continues to rise.
“This is the largest crisis in nursing in my lifetime,” said Lila K. Fazio, who works with a New York City-based nonprofit called the Nurses Health Network.
“The number of deaths is shocking, and it’s really not going away.”
“There is an epidemic with the use of respiratory hygiene equipment in nursing home settings.
The nursing home community is not doing enough to provide proper medical attention and support,” said Elizabeth Pugh, who co-chairs the coalition.
“We are working with nursing home providers to find solutions to this epidemic.”
Nursing home care workers are among the most vulnerable groups in the country, according, with an average annual income of less than $25,000, according U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data.
And there are no federal mandates or safety protocols in place to prevent the spread of infections.
There is one exception: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires nursing homes to have emergency exits and ventilators for all workers, regardless of age.
But many have been reluctant to adopt those measures because they worry that a worker could fall into the hands of an infected nurse.
“If there was an emergency, I would have put myself in harm’s way,” said Barbara McBride, who is now 78 and lives in a nursing home in Washington, D.C. “If I was at home and had an infection, I was not going to put myself at risk.”
The CDC estimates that more than 1 million nursing home patients in the United.
die of respiratory infections every year, including more than 400,000 deaths.
The CDC recommends that nursing home workers be trained in CPR, but they also have to be trained to recognize respiratory signs and alert medical personnel.
“I would not be surprised if there is a lot of ignorance,” said O’Connor.
“I know that we have a lot more work to do, but we have to do it.
This is a problem.”
Some nurses say they don’t feel they have the support they need.
In some cases, nursing home officials have been reprimanded and disciplined for not properly implementing the health care systems’ efforts to improve respiratory health.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees nursing homes, says its goal is to keep the deaths low and prevent infections from spreading.
But it is also trying to increase efforts to educate nurses about the importance of ventilating workers.
The federal government recently launched a campaign called Nurses and Healthcare Workers of America.
The goal is simple: to provide nurses with the tools they need to stay safe in their jobs.
“The goal of the campaign is to provide all nursing home care staff with the necessary training, guidance, and skills to safely work in their home setting,” said Michelle Tashiro, a spokesperson for the agency.
“This campaign will help nursing home and home health workers, as well as their families, understand the role that their health care workers play in helping the patient and their family survive the emergency.”
We’re trying to create awareness of the health risks that nursing homes are taking and provide nursing home staff with tools to improve their working environment,” she said.
In the United Kingdom, a group of nursing homes and their employees are campaigning to ban the use and sale of “vaporized” cigarettes in their homes.
They are also lobbying to require that their patients and families be kept informed of respiratory problems in their care.”
The reality is that the nurse is responsible for all the staff,” said H. Michael Tatum, who leads the advocacy group Working for Healthy Nursing. “
Nursers can do a lot to prevent infections and keep people alive.”
“The reality is that the nurse is responsible for all the staff,” said H. Michael Tatum, who leads the advocacy group Working for Healthy Nursing.
“It’s not the nurse