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Resource ID: #17869
Subject: Nursing Homes
Source: World (Tulsa, Okla.)
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Date: 14-Jan

Description

After reviewing more than 300,000 death certificates from 1990 to 1999, the Tulsa World found nearly 1000 people died of preventable causes in Oklahoma nursing homes. In addition, their investigation found "doctors actually viewed the body after death in only about three out of every 20 cases." Furthermore, records show autopsies were performed "in less than one percent of nursing home deaths in the 10-year period." The article details preventable causes of death in nursing homes (dehydration, falls, urinary tract infections), the warning signs of poor health care and what citizens are doing to change the system.

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