ECMO – The Doctor is In

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The “father of ECMO”, Dr. Robert Bartlett, was recently interviewed regarding mechanical ventilation in patients with COVID-19. Understanding that some patients do not respond to mechanical ventilation, some hospitals began using a resource-intensive technology known as “Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation” (ECMO) as a treatment of last resort. What is ECMO? It is a modified heart-lung machine that takes over the function …

Optimism!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

In an article published in the Washington post on July 14, 2020, Joseph Allen, an assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of “Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity” had some interesting perspective on optimism with COVID-19! When someone contracts the …

Coronavirus – Airborne?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we are constantly bombarded with “new” information. Much of this information increases our anxiety and confusion and unfortunately there is no end in sight. However, staying current with recommendations from the experts and applying them to your day-to-day operations may prevent the spread of infection and protect your residents and staff! The …

ALF Providers- Last Chance!

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On Friday, July 31st, NCAL issued a reminder to assisted living providers urging them to submit their information to be considered for possible CARES Act Provider Relief Funds. While these funds are not guaranteed, providing your facility’s information will ensure you have your best chance at securing funds if this distribution happens. Please read their notice below, and submit your …

Caretaker Burnout

COVID Hardship Fund for Michigan Nurses

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Nurses and other healthcare professionals have faced incredible challenges during this pandemic. So many of us have made so many sacrifices, financial, physical emotional and more. To help with the financial burden, the Michigan Nurses Foundation established a COVID Hardship Fund for Michigan Nurses Association members. The fund has served nurses and other health care professionals who are MNA members …

FDA – Sanitizer Warning List

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The FDA is warning people to avoid dozens of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Many of the products are labeled as containing ethanol, which is safe, but tested positive instead for methanol, also known as wood alcohol. The initial list of products made by Eskbiochem Sade CV …

Neurological Damage – COVID-19

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In a recent review published on June 8, 2020 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, a three-stage classification of the impact of COVID-19 on the central nervous system was identified. The review recommends hospitalized patients with the virus undergo MRI to flag potential neurologic damage and inform post-discharge monitoring. The stages include: Viral damage is limited to epithelial cells of …

Your Role in Surviving Sepsis Campaign

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In the 1980s and 1990s, several approaches were developed to counteract what were thought to be important microbial and host mediators in the development of sepsis and septic shock with the goal of reducing mortality. These efforts proved to be unsuccessful in reducing mortality related to sepsis and septic shock. Because of these failures, the focus changed to identifying patients …

Reducing Heat Strain – Cooling Strategies

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Healthcare Workers During COVID-19 Pandemic Healthcare personnel are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) everyday, during the provision of care to their residents. The effect of heat loss related to wearing PPE compared to regular clothing/scrubs can lead to heat strain, dehydration, excessive sweating and increased cardiovascular strain. In an article recently published in the BMJ, heat strain is a real …

Using Technology to Identify COVID-19

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As with all science, new and old, there are flaws; there is no perfect science. While we navigate through the science of the COVID-19 pandemic, many new and exciting ideas are emerging. Of course, researching these ideas takes time, sometimes many years and we really don’t have that much time. Fortunately, breakthroughs happen every day. A few innovative technologies arising …