An Essay by Dr. Jerry Winakur [This essay written by author and physician Jerry Winakur is reprinted with permission from Caring for the Ages, a publication of the American Medical Directors Association. Dr. Winakur is Clinical Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center
Recently on hospital teaching rounds a medical resident presented an elderly man who fell. The patient suffered no fall-related injuries but was diagnosed with pneumonia and congestive heart failure. The resident called the event a “mechanical fall,” and the interns and residents nodded in agreement regarding the
This article was published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA), volume 12, #3, pages 179-183, March 2011. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the new Resident Assessment Instrument version 3.0, which went into effect October 1, 2010. The intention
Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine has authored numerous articles on topics related to healthcare of the elderly. These include medical history, prevention and treatment of chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, elder neglect and abuse, and physical restraints. He has also edited a book on legal and regulatory aspects of nursing homes.