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Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT and BS

Director of Risk Management

Angie SzumlinskiMs. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care with experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator and independent consultant. Ms. Szumlinski conducts risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the post-acute care spectrum. Ms. Szumlinski served as an Associated Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Committee, NCAL Risk Management Committee, HCAM Legal/Clinical Committee and is a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Ms. Szumlinski is a Nurse Planner for the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

Medication Reduces Viral Replication

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has developed into a global pandemic with millions of people infected and tens of thousands of lives lost. Identifying effective drugs to treat COID-19 is important and urgent, especially the approved drugs that can be immediately tested in clinical trials.   In a recent study, researchers developed …

Coronavirus

COVID-19 Survey for Senior Care/LTC Facilities Q4 2020

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care and its leading media brand iAdvance Senior Care are conducting surveys to uncover COVID-19’s current impact on senior care and long-term care facilities in the United States. With over 75,000 members, the Institute for the Advancement of Senior Care is dedicated to fostering continuous innovation and best practices for business and clinical professionals working throughout the continuum of senior …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Extended Care Clinical Navigating this pandemic takes a village for those in long-term care, and the staff at Extended Care Clinical has taken an all-hands-on-deck approach that has proven their dedication to providing quality care. Their CEO reached out to us to have the consultation team recognized for their tenacity! I would like to nominate the staff of Extended Care …

COVID-19 Infection – Neurological Risk

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, Studies

People who have had COVID-19 may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety or depression. Researchers looked at the medical records of 69 million people in the United States between January 20 and August 1, 2020. The data included 62,000 people who contracted COVID-19 as part of what the authors described as the …

COVID-19 – Not Necessarily the “Big One”

Angie Szumlinski Health

World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is “not necessarily the big one” and that the world will have to learn to live with COVID-19. Professor David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards said, “It appears the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is …

Cell Phone Activity – Increase COVID-19 Cases

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In 2019, nearly 81% of U.S. adults owned a smartphone capable of transmitting location data, and many U.S. prediction models are using, or plan to use, cell phone location data as a tool to help summarize human behavior as a means to understand disease spread and inform policy. However, evidence to support cell phone location data as a marker of …

COVID-19 Score Calculation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has rapidly affected mortality worldwide. There is unprecedented urgency to understand who is most at risk of severe outcomes. A new online tool helps to estimate an individual’s risk of dying from COVID-19 depending on where they live in the United States, which could provide useful information on which individuals should be prioritized for early vaccinations. …

Incentives – Risks and Benefits

Angie Szumlinski Health

There has been a lot of discussion of late regarding whether to incentivize staff to encourage increased acceptance of the COVID-19 vaccine. While it is not a “required” vaccine, studies have shown that it does work! So if you have employees who are hesitant or downright negative about accepting the vaccine, what should you do? First, of course, identify the …

COVID-19 Data – Incomplete, Unstable

Angie Szumlinski News

The White House coronavirus task force warned states of incomplete and unstable COVID-19 data due to the ongoing holiday season, making it difficult to track the pandemic’s trajectory as concerns rise over the continued or accelerated spread. “Data is currently unstable, outside of daily hospital admissions, due to inconsistent reporting and incomplete data over the holidays; there will be reporting …

Evaluating SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for 2 vaccines against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), one developed jointly by Pfizer and BioNTech and the other by Moderna. According to company press releases and data made available by the FDA, both vaccines have shown approximately 95% efficacy in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections …