Top Ten Nursing Home Deficiencies In The United States

For 2009, the top ten deficiencies found in nursing homes in the United States were:

10. Housekeeping (21% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for housekeeping deficiencies in 2009);

9. Pressure sores (21% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for pressure sores deficiencies in 2009);

8. Clinical records (21% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for clinical records deficiencies in 2009);

7. Unnecessary drugs (24% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for unnecessary drugs deficiencies in 2009);

6. Comprehensive care plans (29% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for comprehensive care plans deficiencies in 2009);

5. Infection control (30% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for infection control deficiencies in 2009);

4. Professional standards (34% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for professional standards deficiencies in 2009);

3. Quality of care (36% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for quality of care deficiencies in 2009);

2. Food sanitation (40% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for food sanitation deficiencies in 2009);

And the number one category of nursing home deficiencies cited in the United States during 2009 was:

1. Accident environment (45% of certified nursing facilities in the United States were cited for accident environment deficiencies in 2009).

The ranking of the deficiencies in the ten categories and the percentage of nursing homes with deficiencies in each category varied from state to state. For example, in Maryland nursing homes, the number one category of deficiencies was quality of care (60%). District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) nursing homes were among the worst for deficiencies:  95% were cited for food sanitation deficiencies, 89% for housekeeping deficiencies, 84% for quality of care deficiencies, 79% for clinical records deficiencies, 63% for comprehensive care plans deficiencies, 58% for both infection control and accident environment deficiencies, 42% for unnecessary drugs deficiencies, and 26% for both pressure sores and professional standards deficiencies.

Among the best nursing homes as measured by deficiencies were in New Mexico: the highest percentage of deficiencies were in the categories of comprehensive care plans and unnecessary drugs (28%) and the lowest percentage was in the category of professional standards (1%).

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Nursing home neglect and abuse incidents are among the worst cases of medical malpractice in the United States, both as to the number of malpractice cases and the severity of the injuries. Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable citizens in the United States – many cannot communicate what happened to them or they don’t have loved ones or family members to whom they can communicate their suffering and neglect. Cases of medical negligence run rampant in nursing homes for various reasons, including but not limited to inadequate staffing of nursing homes, poor training of nursing home staff, and abusive staff who treat vulnerable patients cruelly and without dignity or compassion.

If your loved ones have been abused, neglected, or injured during nursing home stays, malpractice lawyers may be able to assist with bringing medical malpractice cases against the offending nursing homes. Visit our website to be connected with medical malpractice lawyers in your state who may be able to help right the wrongs that have occurred. Our toll free telephone number is 800-295-3959.

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