Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Screening could Change Outcomes for Nursing Home Residents

Excessive daytime sleepiness predicts mortality in nursing home residents
Date: February 26, 2024

A new study shares that long-term care facilities that screen their residents for excess daytime sleepiness (EDS) may have the ability to predict mortality risk. Researchers observed data from older adults through interviews, observations, and medical records.

The study found that those residing in nursing homes with EDS often experience malnutrition, heart complications, and failures, as well as severe dementia. EDS also can lead to increased falls, speech issues, depression, and poor self-esteem. In addition, those with EDS often tend to be on multiple medications. Even just after a year of assessing EDS data among nursing home residents, over 20% of residents died. Data concluded that these individuals had higher average Epworth Sleepiness Scale (ESS) scores, which is an assessment that measures levels of sleepiness.

The authors of the study stated that “to our knowledge, this is the first study demonstrating that EDS has an independent impact on the one-year survival of older adults living in nursing homes.” With that said, researchers are hopeful that nursing homes will screen people for EDS so that they can better assist their needs. In doing so, it is possible that some outcomes and maybe even death can be prevented.

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Fischer, Kristen. “Study: Screen for EDS to Know Which Nursing Home Residents Are at Risk for Adverse Outcomes, Death.” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 18 Oct. 2023, www.mcknights.com/news/clinical-news/study-screen-for-eds-to-know-which-nursing-home-residents-are-at-risk-for-adverse-outcomes-death/

Julia Kourpas