Upcoming Webinar – Early Identification of Sepsis in Nursing Facilities: Opportunities and Hurdles Webinar

Angie Szumlinski News, Training

Sepsis is a leading cause of hospital readmissions for nursing home residents, yet the early identification of sepsis in nursing homes remains a challenge. With limited research available, how might we begin to tackle this problem? Please join Christine LaRocca, MD and the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign to learn more about sepsis, who is at risk and the …

CMS Changes to Nursing Home Compare and Five-Star Ratings Explained

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, News

A recent blog post from bakerdonelson.com provides a brief overview of the 2019 changes to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. Following is a summary of that blog. To read the entire blog, please click HERE. Health Inspection Domain: The methodology for the health inspection rating returned to what it was prior to February 2018. Specifically, results …

Long-Term Drug Therapy and Drug Holidays for Osteoporosis Fracture Prevention

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A recent study to summarize the effects of long-term osteoporosis drug treatment and of osteoporosis drug treatment discontinuation and holidays found that long-term alendronate, zoledronate, and oral hormone therapy reduced nonvertebral fractures in older women, with oral hormone therapy also reducing hip fractures. While absolute reductions in typical fractures with long-term bisphosphonates are large relative to increases in AFF, reduced …

An Unfortunate Trend Among Seniors

Angie Szumlinski News

A six-month investigation by Kaiser Health News and PBS NewsHour finds that older Americans are quietly killing themselves in nursing homes, assisted living centers and adult care homes. Read the full article HERE.

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CDC Issues Warning About Candida Auris

Angie Szumlinski News

Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of yeast called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. This yeast often does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, …

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Is Acetaminophen Safe for Older Diabetic Patients?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used analgesic drugs today. It is judged safe by the scientific community at large, but is also one of the most commonly overdosed drugs and the most common cause for drug‐induced hepatic failure. In order to challenge the results of recent studies that have suggested a relationship between therapeutic dosage of acetaminophen and …

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10 Years and $36 Billion Later: How Electronic Health Records Have Failed Us

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A study by Kaiser Health News and Fortune Magazine collaborated on a three month investigation into electronic health records in America. Here are the 5 key takeaways: Patient harm: Electronic health records have created a host of risks to patient safety. Alarming reports of deaths, serious injuries and near misses — thousands of them — tied to software glitches, user errors …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

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March Madness in Nebraska!

Angie Szumlinski News

KIMBALL NEBRASKA – Located in the panhandle of Western Nebraska, Kimball began receiving Winter Storm Warning alerts from the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Kimball County Manor had precautionary measures in place, which undoubtedly assisted in their ability to continue to provide care for their residents. The National Weather Service predicted the storm would begin at midnight …