Skin in the Game!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The novel coronavirus can linger on human skin much longer than flu viruses can, according to a new study from researchers in Japan. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, remained viable on samples of human skin for about 9 hours, according to the study. In contrast, a strain of influenza A virus (IAV) remained viable on human skin for about …

Negative Pressure Isolation

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Negative pressure isolation space is an effective method to meet needed surge capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic and future pandemics. Planning for how and where to rapidly create a negative pressure isolation space is needed in congregate living areas such as skilled nursing facilities. In an article published in the American Journal of Infection Control (9-14-2020), they demonstrate the feasibility …

Fear – The Driving Force

Angie Szumlinski Studies

On October 21, 2020, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published an article on PSNet Patient Safety Network that patients are delaying or forgoing routine, urgent, and emergent health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the high risk of these behaviors and possibly an overabundance of caution by the general public, a cohort study was conducted that included …

Coronavirus

Relax – Or Not?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Weeks after issuing social distancing orders to suppress severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission and reduce growth in cases of severe coronavirus disease 2019 (covid-19), all U.S. states and the District of Columbia partially or fully relaxed these measures. In a study published in the Oxford Academic – Clinical Infectious Diseases on October 3, 2020, researchers identified an …

Know Your Resident’s Comorbidities!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A recent study by Annie Wong-Beringer, PharmD, FCCP and colleagues found that the shorter the time from the onset of COVID symptoms to hospitalization, the more serious the disease becomes and a higher mortality rate! The study included 252 patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 between March 14 and May 14. Patients presenting within three days after symptoms onset tended to …

Process Failures – Increased Risk of Infection

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In the United States, an estimated 21 million patients seek medical treatment for respiratory infections each year. Severe respiratory infections such as croup, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia are caused by bacterial and viral agents spread through respiratory droplets. Most viral pneumonias in the United States are caused by influenza and hospital associated infectious agents through respiratory droplets. In order to determine …

Vaccine or IC Practices?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Historically, public health messaging for pneumococcal disease prevention has centered around vaccination. While this remains paramount, a recent study conducted in China and other countries in East Asia highlights the key role of behavior and public health measures in reducing the transmission of S. pneumoniae. Older adults and high-risk individuals should consider adopting more meticulous infection control practices such as …

COVID Isolation Units and “Flu”

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article published in Skilled Nursing News, they discussed how the COVID-19 isolation units were used to combat the virus in skilled nursing facilities and how they may now be helpful in preventing the spread of influenza. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps in March to make it easier to transfer residents within facilities …

POC Testing – Accuracy Questioned?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

As you have likely heard, an event at the White House Rose Garden is suspected of infecting multiple people with COVID-19. Many experts agree that it was likely the cause of the spread and are referring to it as a “super spreader. Putting politics aside, let’s take a look at some of the facts. The White House has reportedly relied …

Infrared Thermometers – Accurate?

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Body temperature is a vital sign that is regularly measured to assess the status of a patients’ health, facilitate diagnosis, and screen for the COVID-19 virus. Healthcare professionals must use the most accurate and precise measurement devices available to reproduce stable results reflecting core body temperature. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that public health measures include body temperature screening …