Recommendations Aim To Improve Home Health Care

More than 61 million Americans acted as a caregiver for an adult family member or friend in 2009. But, though the increasing number of in-home caregivers allows people in need of medical services to avoid nursing homes and hospitalization, a new report from the National Research Council says there is a need for better management and information about the technologies being used in the home, from blood pressure monitors to more complicated devices. The report recommends new standards for labels and instructions on medical devices and also training of home caregivers both formal and informal. David H. Wegman, MD, chairman of the committee issuing the report and an emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, said there is a great opportunity to provide quality health care in the home and he hopes the FDA and other federal agencies will begin to implement the report’s suggestions. More here.

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