One is a Lonely Number

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Many older Americans will be alone this holiday season and are longing for a simpler way to connect with their families, according to a new online Harris Poll of Americans aged 70+. The survey, which reached 221 older adults, was commissioned by Aloe Care Health, the makers of the first voice-activated, comprehensive solution for elder communication and safety. “With the …

Mild or Moderate – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Studies

Coronaviruses typically cause common cold symptoms, but two beta coronaviruses, SARS-CoV and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), can cause pneumonia, respiratory failure, and death. The clinical spectrum of SARS-CoV-2 infection ranges from asymptomatic infection to critical illness. Risk factors for complications of COVID-19 include older age, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes, and obesity. The new England Journal of …

Hospital Readmissions – COVID-19

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Evidence suggests that potential health complications after COVID-19 illness might require ongoing clinical care. After discharge from an initial COVID-19 hospitalization, 9% of patients were readmitted to the same hospital within 2 months of discharge. Multiple readmissions occurred in 1.6% of patients. Understanding the frequency of and potential reasons for readmission after a COVID-19 hospitalization can inform clinical practice discharge …

Senior Depression – Not Seeking Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Can you believe that 1 in 3 respondents age 65+ think they can just “snap out of it” when asked about their symptoms of depression? A new nationwide poll, the GeneSight Mental Health Monitor, shows that nearly two-thirds (61%) of Americans age 65 or older who have concerns about having depression will not seek treatment! “The ‘pull yourself up by …

SARS – CoV-2 Exposure and Infection – HCP Minnesota

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Health Care Personnel (HCP) are at increased risk for COVID-19 from workplace exposures. A report published by the CDC revealed that among 21,406 Minnesota SARS-CoV-2 HCP exposures, 5,374 (25%) were higher-risk (within 6 feet ≥15 minutes, or during an aerosol-generating procedure); exposures involved patient care (66%) and non-patient contacts (34%). Compared with HCP working in acute care settings, those working …

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Antidepressants and COVID-19

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COVID-19 can result in serious illness leading to hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, and death. Clinical deterioration typically occurs during the second week of illness. Early studies of COVID-19 found that hospitalization most often occurs within 8 to 10 days of initially mild to moderate symptoms. Further evidence suggested that lung damage from COVID-19 was related to an excessive inflammatory …

Delirium – COVID-19

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Patients with COVID-19 who present with delirium, either as the main symptom or as one of the presenting symptoms or signs, have worse outcomes, including ICU stay and in-hospital death, than those without delirium. One recent study demonstrated that it is critical to recognize that older adults with COVID-19 may present with delirium as the primary or sole symptom. In …

CDC Says….

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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published November 24 2020, shows that most of the U.S. population may still be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The study focuses on CDC’s collaboration with commercial laboratories to conduct and publish results from large-scale geographic seroprevalence surveys to estimate the percentage of people in …

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Transmission of SARS in Households

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Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 occurs within households; however, transmission estimates vary widely and the data on transmission from children are limited. Findings from a prospective household study with intensive daily observation for ≥ 7 consecutive days indicate that transmission of SARS-CoV-2 among household members was frequent from either children or adults. Household transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is common and occurs early after …

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Preventive Medicine – Colonoscopy?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Okay, not the topic any of us likes to discuss right? But face it, we are all in this together, and if you haven’t had the pleasure of preparing for a colonoscopy you are in for a treat! Well, maybe not a treat but a study comparing a low-residual diet (LRD) with a clear-liquid diet (CLD) for bowel preparation before …