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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Gladwin Pines Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Cheyenne Herron completely embodies the spirit that inspires our spotlight on HealthCap Heroes. Her fellow staff and residents both have been blessed by her loving dedication, and we are sharing her story to honor her for the amazing acts of kindness that she is doing on a daily basis: Have you ever met that …

ACIP Public Meetings

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) has been responding to an ongoing pandemic and accelerated vaccine development through evidence-based recommendations for the use of COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. civilian population. The COVID-19 Work Group meets weekly and the topics covered include: Safety updates COVID-19 in children Plans for clinical studies of COVID vaccine in children Plans for vaccine effectiveness …

Cooling Vests

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

Researchers from the Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands have trialed cooling vests, originally designed for elite athletes, in nursing staff working long shifts in COVID19 wards wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). The study found that among 386 healthcare workers involved in COVID-19 care, a high prevalence of: Thermal discomfort (77%), Excessive sweating (64%), Thirst/dehydration (81%), Headache (57%) …

Look to 2021 – Skilled Nursing News

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

Each January, SNN tries to predict the top trends that will sweep the industry for the coming 12 months. COVID-19 completely wiped out the predictions they made for 2020, a year that began with the looming specter of clawbacks related to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), further Medicaid strain, and the potential over-extension of organizations that had sought to diversify …

eCR Now: COVID-19 Electronic Case Reporting

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured, News

Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) is the automated generation and transmission of case reports from the electronic health record (EHR) to public health agencies for review and action. eCR makes disease reporting from healthcare to public health faster and easier. It moves data securely and seamlessly from the HER at the point of care, to data systems at state, territorial, and …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes: Windmill Manor

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Our newest HealthCap Heroes are a powerful duo from Windmill Manor. Administrator Stacey Cremeens and Assistant Director of Nursing Jess Caster have truly exemplified what it means to be a hero and are an inspiration to all staff members in their facility. Check out these heartwarming testimonies about the lengths these ladies have gone to for the good of those …

FEMA – PPE Preservation Planning Tool

Angie Szumlinski Featured

FEMA has developed a PPE Preservation Planning Tool Guide, which is an instructional guide to be used with the PPE Preservation Planning Tool (PPEPP Tool). The PPEPP Tool is designed for user inputs leading to estimates of the benefits of preservation practices you may implement. The tool guide is designed to guide healthcare facilities, first responder services, and other impacted …

COVID-19 Science Update – CDC

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

Data serves an important role in informing efforts to prevent and reduce public health risks. Every day, many studies are released to help answer critical questions about COVID-19. But given the large number and different types of studies being released, it can be difficult to stay on top of the latest research. To help inform CDC’s COVID-19 Response, as well …

Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

An ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine will examine how our nation delivers finances, regulates and measures the quality of nursing home care with particular emphasis on challenges that have arisen in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee will consider a broad range of issues such as: Ways to generate and assess the …

CDC Point of Care Test Reporting Webinar

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Training

Late this week, the Centers for Disease Control are offering a webinar on Point of Care Test Reporting Trainings. There are two session times participants can choose from. The first option is February 11, 2021 at 2pm and the second is February 12, 2021 at 1pm. Both sessions will have identical content and allow time for questions and answers. The …