Hooray! Finally!

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

We have all read articles on the negative health effects of caffeine on our body, right? I, for one, have rationalized why caffeine is important to my quality of life, everything from preventing headaches, keeping me awake and tuned in, and of course because what isn’t to love about caffeine? It doesn’t matter if you drink a delicious cup of …

We Are Not There Yet!

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

The debate rages on, vaccinate, don’t vaccinate, isolate, don’t isolate, quarantine, don’t quarantine and oh, by the way, what’s the difference?! Just as we thought we had turned the corner, bring on Delta and now the newest variant Lambda! The experts are not clear on what impact these new variants will have on life as we know it however one …

OSHA cites medical facility, staffing agency over COVID-19 hazards

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday said it cited a medical facility and a temporary staffing agency for failing to ensure the safety and health of nurses giving flu shots and COVID-19 tests. In a statement, OSHA said an investigation into Lakewood Resource and Referral Center Inc. earlier this year found that the Lakewood, New Jersey-based facility …


AAPACN Article on Elopement

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

If you are a member of The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), check out their website for the article Elopement Prevention Starts With Risk Assessment and Care Planning and read Angie’s thoughts on elopement prevention. This article is member-only content.

AHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations of Long Term Care Personnel

Angie SzumlinskiHealth

To protect all residents, staff and others in our communities from the known and substantial risks of COVID-19, AHCA/NCAL strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel. COVID-19 vaccines protect health care personnel when working both in health care facilities and in the community. They provide strong protection against workers unintentionally carrying the disease to work and spreading it …

Wounds – Assessment of Risk

Angie SzumlinskiHealth, 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 SzumlinskiHealth

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.