ECMO – The Doctor is In

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The “father of ECMO”, Dr. Robert Bartlett, was recently interviewed regarding mechanical ventilation in patients with COVID-19. Understanding that some patients do not respond to mechanical ventilation, some hospitals began using a resource-intensive technology known as “Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation” (ECMO) as a treatment of last resort. What is ECMO? It is a modified heart-lung machine that takes over the function …

Optimism!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

In an article published in the Washington post on July 14, 2020, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity” had some interesting perspective on optimism with COVID-19! When someone contracts the …

Coronavirus – Airborne?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we are constantly bombarded with “new” information. Much of this information increases our anxiety and confusion and unfortunately there is no end in sight. However, staying current with recommendations from the experts and applying them to your day-to-day operations may prevent the spread of infection and protect your residents and staff! The …

FDA – Sanitizer Warning List

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News, Studies

The FDA is warning people to avoid dozens of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Many of the products are labeled as containing ethanol, which is safe, but tested positive instead for methanol, also known as wood alcohol. The initial list of products made by Eskbiochem Sade CV …

COVID-19 Recovery – Rehabilitation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

COVID-19 is a novel disease, predicting the rehabilitation needs for residents in recovery are based on evidence from the general critical care population. Based on this evidence, it is expected that acute interventions for the management of residents with severe and critical COVID-19, including mechanical ventilation, sedation and/or prolonged bed rest may result in a range of impairments including but …

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What About Rehab

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved these past few months, there is still discussion over who is considered ‘essential’ and who is ‘not’ in long term care facilities. Our previously posted blog outlined things to keep in mind if you determine some rehabilitation staff are essential, and we have created an infographic to highlight the most important notes. Please check …

Protective Eyewear – CDC Update

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

On July 15, 2020, the CDC announced a change to the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for HealthCare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic. Eye protection is an important part of PPE in preventing unnecessary exposure. As with any point of entry into the body (i.e., nose, mouth, broken skin, etc.) the eyes are considered high risk …

Infection Control Preventionist

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

On November 28, 2019, CMS implemented the role “Infection preventionist” for long term care facilities as defined in F882. This term is used for the person(s) designated by the facility to be responsible for the infection prevention and control program and requires specific, individual, detailed training, qualifications, and hourly requirements as described below: The Infection Preventionist (IP) must have primary …

Non COVID-19 Blog

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

Yes, this truly is a “non-COVID-19” blog! It has been a long time since we posted something like this and we are truly excited to do so! We have all taken care of residents with uncontrolled, type II diabetes, right? We adjust the oral medications unsuccessfully for as long as we can and then the physician writes orders for insulin. …

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OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Recently OSHA posted revised enforcement for recording cases of COVID-19. Effective May 26, 2020, this time-limited guidance will be in place for the current COVID-19 public health crisis. Under OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness. Employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19 if the case: Is confirmed as defined by the CDC; Is work-related; and Involves one …