Wounds – Assessment of Risk

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Anyone who provides care for frail elderly patients understands the inherent risk of skin integrity issues. Sadly, as we age, our skin also ages, losing elasticity, muscle, adipose tissue, etc. which can increase the risk of developing pressure injuries. Pretty much since the beginning of time, the Braden scale has been used to assess a resident’s risk of developing a …

CDC COVID-19 Forecasts: New and Total Deaths

Angie Szumlinski Health

This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next 4 weeks, with 1,200 to 5,300 new deaths likely reported in the week ending August 14, 2021. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 615,000 to 625,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.

Surgeon General’s Advisory Warns About the Urgent Threat of Health Misinformation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is issuing the first Surgeon General’s Advisory of this Administration to warn the American public about the urgent threat of health misinformation. Health misinformation, including disinformation, have threatened the U.S. response to COVID-19 and continue to prevent Americans from getting vaccinated, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk, and the advisory encourages technology …

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Senate Dems aim to offer dental, hearing and vision to Medicare

Angie Szumlinski Health

Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday the framework for a $3.5 trillion infrastructure package that will expand Medicare to offer dental, hearing and vision benefits. Democrats hope to vote on the package in the coming weeks. It will be passed via reconciliation, a procedural move that allows budget bills to be approved in the Senate by a simple majority and bypass a …

Cholesterol-Lowering Medication

Angie Szumlinski Health

One of the most recent articles published on the treatment of COVID-19 discusses the use of statins. Statins are usually prescribed to lower cholesterol levels in the blood however they also have anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic properties, which could make them appropriate for treating COVID-19. Given a lack of randomized clinical trial data to support the use of statins for the …

Care home residents are at risk of COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Care homes need to be vigilant for outbreaks of COVID-19, even after residents have received two doses of the vaccine, according to new research being presented. Martin Martinot, of the Hopitaux Civils de Colmar, Colmar, France, and colleagues studied an outbreak of COVID-19 that began in a care home in eastern France a month after a campaign to double vaccinate …

Caregivers – Prioritize Self-Care

Angie Szumlinski Health

In an article published in MedPage Today, Bernadette Melnyk, Ph.D., RN, vice president for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, and Professor and Dean of the College of Nursing at the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, was quoted as saying “We cannot pour from an empty cup”. What an impactful statement! What Ms. Melnyk was referring to are our …

Standardized Care

Angie Szumlinski Health

Assisted living providers across the country have established standardized approaches to care and these approaches often result in improved lengths of stay among residents, more success at managing comorbidities and overall improvement in operations. Although there are barriers to implementing standardized care in assisted living, such as licensure regulations, there are also many success stories. In a great article published …

Harm Our Immune Systems?

Angie Szumlinski Health

An article published on MIT Medical asks the question, “is all this social distancing weakening our immune systems?” According to MIT, the answer is NO, that this is NOT the way our immune system works. The idea that individuals who are exposed to a variety of microbes (i.e., germs) in childhood build better immunity is likely to be true! In …