COVID-19 – Not Necessarily the “Big One”

Angie Szumlinski Health

World Health Organization experts have warned that even though the coronavirus pandemic has been very severe, it is “not necessarily the big one” and that the world will have to learn to live with COVID-19. Professor David Heymann, the chair of the WHO’s strategic and technical advisory group for infectious hazards said, “It appears the destiny of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is …

CDC Updates – Contraindications – COVID-19 Vaccine

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The CDC previously released guidelines for contraindications to vaccinations; however, it has now broadened these guidelines to include those with a history of an immediate allergic reaction to previous doses of or any component of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, including polyethylene glycol. According to the updated interim guidance, anyone with a history of immediate allergic reaction of any severity to any …

Communicate Openly

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

During this pandemic and beyond, we see that the stress put on our caregivers and staff has increased dramatically. We have added new policies, revised existing policies, and required staff to take on additional documentation and tasks throughout their shift. All of these changes can and have proven to increase their level of stress. As a leader, are you aware …

What Price?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The cost of a fall among older adults requiring emergency services is unclear, especially beyond the acute care period. In a recent study, medical expenditures (costs) to 1 year among community-dwelling older adults who fell and required ambulance transport, including acute versus post-acute periods, the primary drivers of cost and comparison to baseline expenditures were evaluated. Results showed that the …

Respiratory Protection – OSHA Guidance

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers. As such, they have published a document to provide guidance for the employers of those working nursing homes, assisted living, and other long-term care facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. LTCFs are different than other healthcare settings because they assist residents and clients with tasks of daily living in …

PPE Supplies – Don’t Stockpile!

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health, News

A KHN News article says that nursing homes, small physician offices, and rural clinics are being left behind in the rush for N95 masks and other protective gear, exposing some of the country’s most vulnerable populations and their caregivers to COVID-19 while larger, wealthier health care facilities build equipment stockpiles. More than eight months into the pandemic, health care leaders …

Bulletin- MSA 20-73

Angie Szumlinski Health

The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services recently issued a new bulletin for nursing facilities regarding Covid-19 response and policies. Its purpose is to “establish COVID Relief (CR) Facilities to allow eligible nursing facilities to retain COVID-positive residents and, with enhanced standards, under special circumstances, they will also be able to admit new COVID-positive residents when additional capacity is …

CDC – Excess Deaths – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

On October 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published an early release of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. As of October 15, 216,025 deaths from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been reported in the United States; however, this might underestimate the total impact of the pandemic on mortality. Overall, an estimated 299,028 excess deaths* occurred …

Science and More Science!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Since December 2019, an increasing number of pneumonia cases caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) have been identified in Wuhan, China. This new pathogen has exhibited high human-to-human transmissibility with approximately 16,819,944 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 662,000 deaths reported globally as of July 29, 2020. In addition to population mobility and human-to-human contact, environmental factors such as absolute humidity …

Vaccine Triggers Immune Response

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

A CNBC article announced that AstraZeneca is developing its potential COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford and that the vaccine has produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults. The World Health Organization has said that older people, in addition to people of all ages with pre-existing medical conditions, appear to develop serious illness on …