Your Role in Surviving Sepsis Campaign

Angie Szumlinski Health

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 …

Older Happy Americans

Creating “Social Bubbles”

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

Social isolation has many adverse effects on people and can negatively impact seniors as well as young people. Detriments of social isolation are not picky- it affects everyone! Due to this, there has been research on the idea of “Social Bubbles;” so what is a social bubble? Here are a few key points: A social bubble is when two families …

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health

The spread of COVID-19- Person-to-person transmission most commonly happens during close exposure to a person infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, primarily via respiratory droplets produced when the infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes. Droplets can land in the mouths, noses, or eyes of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs of those within close …

COVID-19 Recovery – Rehabilitation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

COVID-19 is a novel disease, predicting the rehabilitation needs for residents in recovery are based on evidence from the general critical care population. Based on this evidence, it is expected that acute interventions for the management of residents with severe and critical COVID-19, including mechanical ventilation, sedation and/or prolonged bed rest may result in a range of impairments including but …

Infection Control Preventionist

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

On November 28, 2019, CMS implemented the role “Infection preventionist” for long term care facilities as defined in F882. This term is used for the person(s) designated by the facility to be responsible for the infection prevention and control program and requires specific, individual, detailed training, qualifications, and hourly requirements as described below: The Infection Preventionist (IP) must have primary …

Senior Woman

Geriatrics and COVID-19 – Different Symptoms?

Lisa O'Neill Health, News

As we are all aware, COVID-19 usually presents with a dry cough, fatigue, and shortness of breath and in some cases patients are asymptomatic. To add to the confusion, physicians managing the healthcare of seniors have found that this population may not present with the typical symptoms as the younger population, making an early diagnosis that much more difficult. Symptoms …

Immunity Passports

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

At this point in the pandemic, I doubt that many of you are actually thinking about doing any international travel; however, the World Health Organization posted an interesting article on ”Immunity Passports”.  So, what is an “Immunity Passport” you ask? I can tell you what it ISN’T! It is not an international passport for travel but rather a pretty innovative …

Risky Business

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

On March 29, 2020, AMDA and AHCA/NCAL published a memo discussing the importance of dealing with surge management and conflicting guidelines and public policy around hospital-to-nursing home or hospital-to-assisted living community transfers. Of deep concern was the recent New York State order which states: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed …

Elderly woman in hospital bed

Stay a Little Longer, Get a Little Stronger? Maybe Not!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

A recent article published in McKnights Long-Term Care News, referenced a study performed at the University of Michigan on the impact on resident outcomes with longer stays in post-acute care centers. The study indicates that The researcher recommends that post-acute care providers be “really judicious with the volume of services they provide and conclusive of which of the post-acute care …

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Poised for Takeover of Medical Care in LTC

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

The healthcare workforce is expecting a startling shortage of between 46,900 and 121,900 licensed physicians by 2032. One group that may mitigate the catastrophic impact of this shortage could be advanced practice registered nurses. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) are prepared to offer a myriad of services including diagnoses and treatment due to their masters-level education. What Does This Mean …