What Nursing Home Administrators Expect from their Medical Directors

Angie Szumlinski Health

As the US health care system moves toward value-based reimbursement, NH administrators need to hold medical directors accountable to metrics. According to an article in Annals of Long Term Care, facilities will be sitting down with their medical director outlining specific requirements and then later with a score card of how they performed. Success for NHs will require a knowledgeable …

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Nursing Facility Influenza Study Opens Enrollment

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

A team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, and Vincent Mor, PhD, are undertaking a large-scale quality improvement study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long-term care facility residents’ hospitalization risk for the 2019-2020 influenza season. Nursing facilities that meet eligibility and agree to participate will be allocated …

An Unfortunate Trend Among Seniors

Angie Szumlinski News

A six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes. Read the full article HERE.

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CDC Issues Warning About Candida Auris

Angie Szumlinski News

Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of yeast called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. This yeast often does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, …

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Is Acetaminophen Safe for Older Diabetic Patients?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used analgesic drugs today. It is judged safe by the scientific community at large, but is also one of the most commonly overdosed drugs and the most common cause for drug‐induced hepatic failure. In order to challenge the results of recent studies that have suggested a relationship between therapeutic dosage of acetaminophen and …

E-cigarette Explosion in a Patient Room

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

The patient took a puff on the e-cigarette while she was receiving oxygen through her nasal cannula and sparked an explosion. The patient ripped off the nasal cannula, which had melted, and sustained first- and second-degree burns to her face and hand. Read about the case HERE.

At-Home Healthcare is Easier and More Affordable Than You Think

Angie Szumlinski Health

For many seniors with mobility challenges, jumping in the car and driving to a clinic is simply not an option. This means they either have to find someone to take them, use public transit, or call for an ambulance. A lack of transportation options can often leave seniors feeling like a burden on their loved ones or on the system, …

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10 Years and $36 Billion Later: How Electronic Health Records Have Failed Us

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A study by Kaiser Health News and Fortune Magazine collaborated on a three month investigation into electronic health records in America. Here are the 5 key takeaways: Patient harm: Electronic health records have created a host of risks to patient safety. Alarming reports of deaths, serious injuries and near misses — thousands of them — tied to software glitches, user errors …