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PLASTIC: THE UBIQUITOUS MATERIAL  Plastics have been an ever-growing part of our way of life – from the first synthetic plastic (Bakelite) developed by Belgian-born chemist Leo Hendrik Baekeland in 1907[1], to Wallace H. Carothers’s discovery of nylon and the resulting nylon stockings rage of the 1940’s[2], to the Tupperware craze of the 1950’s, to… read more

Nursing Home Administrator Expert Witness: Issues that a Nursing Home Administration Expert Witness Might Address Which May Be Beyond the Expertise of a Medical Director

Sally Damm, LNHA There are currently 1.8 million residents in long-term care facilities. With the population aging, this number can be expected to grow. As the resident population increases, the amount of litigation may also increase.  Allegations of elder abuse and nursing home litigation cases can include both medical and administrative decisions. A licensed nursing… read more

Group Home Expert Witness: Four Grant Programs Overseen by AIDD

By Sally Damm, LNHA Administration for Community Living, (AIDD) is a sector of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). AIDD provides financial and leadership support to organizations in every state and territory in the United States.  The AIDD exists to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can fully participate… read more

Skilled Nursing Expert Witness on: Avoidable Pressure Ulcer Development

By: Kenneth C. McCawley, RN         October 5, 2016 OVERVIEW Avoidable pressure ulcer development continues to lead negative health outcomes in skilled nursing facilities. Many of these negative health outcomes can be attributed to medical negligence.  The following statistics are in relation to pressure ulcer development: Number Affected: 2.5 million patients per year. Cost: Pressure ulcers… read more

Opioid Expert Witness on Prescribing Opioids

By: Anthony Guarino, MD Background Opioids have been available for therapeutic use for decades having previously been used primarily for cancer patients with pain (malignant pain). Long term use of these medications in patients without cancer (non-malignant) was feared because of the risk of addiction.  These treatment thoughts had changed for many physicians during the… read more

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