Staff Experiences During Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

In May and June of 2020, front-line nursing home staff described working under complex, challenging, and evolving conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted more than 3 months after a nursing home in Washington became the initial U.S. epicenter of COVID-19 and at a time when there were already more than 50,000 cases and 10,000 deaths among nursing …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

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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 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. …

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Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

Heritage of Bel-Air We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our newest HealthCap Hero, Karissa Zwingman from Heritage of Bel-Air. Karissa lifts up both her team and her residents with her positive attitude, displays of leadership, and compassion. Heritage of Bel-Air shared a wonderful testimony to us about the impact Karissa has on their facility: “Karissa is such …

Antibiotic Prescribing and Use – CDC Current Report

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Antibiotic stewardship, or improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used, is critical for optimizing the treatment of patients who have infections, protecting patients from harm, and combating antibiotic resistance. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2018 Update: Progress and Opportunities”, which included information on how antibiotics were being used …

Opportunity to Purchase PPE at Bulk Pricing Rates

Angie Szumlinski Featured

To help members who are having trouble getting ahold of personal protective equipment, The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) is working with Project N95 to purchase and offer such items at bulk pricing rates. There are no minimum order quantities, but the offer is only for a one-time bulk purchase and may not be repeated. The following …

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Mason Public Schools and Green Acres Assisted Living The holidays were different this year, and so many residents in long term care facilities were faced with being unable to spend them with their loved ones. Our newest HealthCap Heroes from Mason Public Schools wanted to spread the love of the holiday season to their neighbors in Green Acres Assisted Living, …

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

As more and more types of respirators are hitting the market to meet increased demand, counterfeit respirators are becoming a concerning issue. False marketing and deceitful labeling may entice customers to try a new brand that may not actually be providing appropriate protection. One major misrepresentation these respirators have is false NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approval. …

More Research – Melatonin

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health, Studies

Results from a new Cleveland Clinic-led study suggest that melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is commonly used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, may be a viable treatment option for COVID-19. According to the findings published today in PLOS Biology, a novel artificial intelligence platform developed by Lerner Research Institute researchers to identify possible drugs for COVID-19 …

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Island City Assisted Living Many of our HealthCap Heroes have stepped up for their residents because they love them like family, having worked years in their facility and spent countless hours at their side. This wasn’t the case for our most recent HealthCap Hero, Donna Ruggiano, who joined the staff at Island City Assisted Living in the midst of the …