New Techniques Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health

The AHRQ’s healthcare-associated infections program funds programs and systems to aid frontline health care staff and prevent HAIs by enhancing and refining patient care methods. AHRQ’s system of grants and contracts focuses on research that improves clinicians’ ability to fight HAIs. This research makes the application of proven care methods safer for all. As a result of this research, AHRQ …

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A Good Night’s Sleep for our Residents

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A good night of undisturbed sleep is one of the most important services we can give our residents. By eliminating or minimizing night-time interruptions, we can encourage more of the restorative sleep our residents need to maintain and enhance their quality of life.  Two years ago, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network gave some presentation on exactly that topic. Recording of …

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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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 …

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 …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

Increased Fall, Hip Fracture Risk Among Patients With AD Pathology

Angie Szumlinski Health

Esther Oh, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains why preoperative determination of Alzheimer disease biomarkers in older adults who break their hips and must undergo hip fracture repair surgery is important. Read the article HERE.

CNA Perspectives on Caring for Residents with Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Alzheimer disease and other dementias are common diagnoses in long-term care (LTC). In this setting, certified nurse aides (CNAs) provide the majority of care for residents with dementia. The responsibility can be challenging, however, as evidenced by frequent CNA staff turnover. Read about the findings of four focus groups made up of 20 CNAs to understand the unique barriers impacting …