The public should be aware that Springfield passed a dangerous pt safety law to allow a pilot study (experiment) for a Medication aide which is a foot in the door for its full implementation in Park Ridge.
2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 11:34 AM
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The public should be aware that Springfield passed a dangerous pt safety law to allow a pilot study (experiment) for a Medication aide which is a foot in the door for its full implementation in Park Ridge. This Medication Aide will have only 100 hrs of training to give medications in nursing homes. This is a dangerous law that benefits the nursing home owners to make more money by jeopardizing the health of residents/ patients. This law was passed quietly without sufficient input from healthcare professionals, especially from nurses, who will be required to delegate the professional responsibility of medication administration to a minimally trained person. Medication Administration at least includes the ability to perform pt assessment. and judgement along with medication knowledge, side effects, combatability, chemical properties, and accurate physician ordering. According to the Institute of Medicine, medication errors are one of the top reasons for Medical Errors which have dire consequences for patients. Since learning of this dangerous Pilot study law, health care professionals have been out raged and are trying to rescind this bad law. They do not know how successful they will be. The public has input by contacting your Illinois reps. Also, it is not yet determined when and which nursing homes will participate in these studies. However, patients and families can refuse to participate in this study. Some vulnerable patients will not even have the necessary decision-making ability to voice their opposition. Sad. It is known that Gov Rauner and some other elected officials own nursing homes.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 11:42 AM

Frightening!

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 12:36 PM

Horrible. It seems Rauner is using his governorship to advance his own self interests and those of his counterparts.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 2:47 PM

The governor did not pass this. He does not even get a vote. The state representatives passed it. the same guys who have been in power for years and have bankrupt the state. And they are not the Gov's friends. As you said, currently medication errors are "one of the top" (? ) reasons for medical errors. Can a Med Aide do any worse? Will it bring costs down to patients? It better. If nursing home owners are making an unfair profit, lets go after that. It is a pilot program designed to collect info. That is good. right? A trial run. Maybe the opposition is worried only about keeping their own jobs, and their union strong at the expense of the patient cost. just thinking.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 2:53 PM

No. The governor can not pass legislation but he can veto it. He can also promise not to veto legislation if what he wants is attached to it. There will be no cost savings passed along to the consumer. There never is. Any revenue generated as a result of this pilot program will be absorbed into the profits and dispersed amongst investors -- investors of which Rauner used to be a part of.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 3:00 PM

Used to be part? He does not benefit now? Sound like your problem is with the Gov rather than the legislation. No offense. I would like to see the state of the state improve. Madigan is perpetuating the policies that keep him in POWER and got us here. I know we both want what is best for the state. good exchange of ideas.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 3:07 PM

I wouldn't doubt that he isn't still part of the industry in some way. Come on now, you wouldn't do a few "favors" for your colleagues? You know he is. The first thing Rauner did when he took office was five tax breaks to the uber wealthy in Illinois. You can google it! I would also like to see the state improve but not at the expense of the middle class, working class and the poor. Unions are the middle class. You want what's best for your part of the state -- the wealthy part. I want what's best for my part of the state -- the working class part of the state.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 5:27 PM

. You tipped your hand. "don't confuse me. Rauner is a bad man. " I believe the union deals are strangling the state. bad irrevocable deals. check out pension and benefit amountsI take umbridYou tipped your hand. Madigan and his cronies have stayed in power soo long? a favor here and there? Time for a change.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 5:32 PM

OOPs. sorry for the poorly written post. Pressed the wrong button and posted before editing. but you get the idea!

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 5:40 PM

Rauner is not better than the existing regime, in fact he is worse according to his budget cuts and his attack on the middle class, families , children, the poor, healthcare services (including nursing homes), and social programs.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 6:44 PM

I will always vote for the guy who supports the unions and a living wage. The unions aren't the folks strangling Illinois. The pensions aren't bankrupting the state. It's the corporate subsidies and tax breaks for the corporations and the u00fcber wealthy and crony capitalism that are strangling the state. The unions and the pensioners are merely the distraction. Madigan is no saint. He is not a good guy but as long as he is still involved in saving pensions (that we pay into the same way you pay into social security) and supporting the unions then he is the guy in going to continue voting for. Yes. I'll tip my hand. Change isn't always good. If it was I would have voted for it.

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2 years ago on 07/13/2016 at 7:52 PM

The issue is the health care threat to patients/residents who have a person with 100 hours of medication training administrating medications to them, not my credentials. Please read my previous posts and read health care evidenced- based practice research in published documents in Medical and Nursing Journals along with IOM Reports. Thanks.

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2 years ago on 07/14/2016 at 12:31 PM

Please follow the ground rules of this site. Stick to the issues. Thanks.

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2 years ago on 07/14/2016 at 6:23 PM

FYI--I am a nurse and this proposal has been around far longer than Rauner has been around. Here is some history, and I know the initiative has been around for more like 10 years. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=2958&GAID=12&GA=98&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=79173&SessionID=85

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2 years ago on 07/14/2016 at 6:36 PM

Http://nursing. advanceweb. com/Article/Illinois-Considers-Med-Techs. aspx. This is an article from 2005.

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2 years ago on 07/14/2016 at 6:49 PM
2 years ago on 08/05/2016 at 9:46 PM

Another Med Aide study. This one from the 2011 Virginia Board of State Professionals not to allow med aides in nursing homes due to unsafe patient care concerns.

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2 years ago on 08/05/2016 at 9:48 PM

It's all turf protection. Show me the valid data from an unbiased source. Healthcare is loaded with these rivalries.

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2 years ago on 08/05/2016 at 10:02 PM

When a person, family member or friend is placed in a nursing home, then a person understands the patient/resident care issues. If interested, a person only needs to seek out the significant data available though research. Take care.

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