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A nursing home in Macomb was cited recently for its failure to promptly notify a resident’s physician of critical lab values.

The resident had elevated creatanine levels and needed emergecny dialysis in order to save him from dying of http://www.idph.state.il.us/ltc/docs/SurveyResult/6005631FA12072006.pdf.

It is often said by doctors that the nursing staff are their eyes and ears. This is especially true in a nursing home setting where patients need ongoing care, but it is simply not practical to have the doctor there full-time. Nurses are responsible for promptly notifying doctors of abnormal lab results and changes in the patient’s condition. Doing so allows the doctors to initiate care and ensure the well-being of the resident.

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