The nursing home deaths that were reported to the Tennessee Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 and 2018 were of varying severity, ranging from mild to catastrophic, and they were largely attributed to patients having been improperly given antibiotics.
The majority of these deaths occurred in nursing homes with a population of fewer than 50 patients, according to the department.
In all, nursing homes were the most likely source of deaths in the state, followed by hospice facilities, hospice services, and home health agencies.
Nursing home deaths have been increasing in the past several years, and some nursing homes have experienced a surge in deaths as a result of the outbreak.
The state has seen an uptick in nursing home fatalities, and officials have made a number of initiatives to curb the increase.
One of the first measures was to implement a new nursing home licensing process that allows nursing home residents to obtain a license, which in turn can allow for the building to be licensed.
In addition, the state recently made changes to the registration process, which will make it easier for patients to register with the nursing home.
There have also been more aggressive efforts to monitor and control the outbreak in nursing facilities, and Tennessee’s governor, Bill Haslam, has called for an end to the deaths that occur at nursing homes.
“Nursing homes are the most vulnerable population in Tennessee, so we need to ensure they are doing the best job possible,” Haslam said in a statement.
“Our state is well prepared to respond to this outbreak, but we need the state and community to help us respond as well.”