Delirium Prevention During Isolation

Angie Szumlinski News

During the pandemic, delirium emerged as a well-recognized complication of COVID-19, with particular importance due to its high prevalence and mortality, significance as a presenting sign that is easily missed, and preventable nature. Delirium, also referred to as “acute brain failure,” is a common presenting symptom of any severe illness in older adults. Given this, it is not surprising that …

N95 Respirator Reprocessing Study

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus that has a diameter of approximately 0.1 µm. It is transmitted by respiratory droplets and aerosols such that one of the most effective ways to prevent infection is to wear filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs). The commonly used FFRs are N95 respirators, devices that by design filter 95% or more of particles larger than 0.3 µm …

Everyone Vaccinated by the End of May

Angie Szumlinski News

Vaccine distribution nationwide continues to ramp up, with nearly 2-million shots being given daily. President Biden has now said that every adult could be vaccinated by the end of May. A big promise that brings with it hope, a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. That said, the question remains; when will COVID vaccination be as simple as …

Vaccine Allergies

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

For patients who are allergic to mRNA COVID-19 vaccines may be eligible to receive the Johnson & Johns/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, CDC staff said. While the CDC emphasized that the mRNA vaccines are not interchangeable with Johnson & Johnson’s viral vector vaccine, as the safety and efficacy of a mixed product series have yet to be evaluated, patients may receive the …

National Tragedy: COVID-19 in the Nation’s Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

At the Senate Finance Committee Hearing held on Wednesday, March 16, 2021, staff members and operators were interviewed regarding how facilities managed the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the interviews were disturbing and indicated that many facilities struggled with staffing, PPE, resident deaths, the spread of infection, etc. None of this is news to those of us who have lived it …

COVID-19 – Kidney Injury

Angie Szumlinski News

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common in patients hospitalized with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), reported in 24% to 57% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and 61% to 78% of intensive care unit admissions in patients with COVID-19. Compared with patients without COVID-19, those with COVID-19 develop more severe AKI, have greater dialysis requirements, and experience less in-hospital kidney recovery, which may increase …

Fauci – Two-Shot Strategy

Angie Szumlinski Health

There has been a lot of debate over which vaccine is most effective, has fewer side effects, if you can mix the two different two-dose brands, etc. But more recently there has been active debate on whether a single dose of a two-dose vaccine is as effective as the full two doses. In the Washington Post newspaper, Dr. Fauci is …

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

The CDC released an updated PPE Burn Rate Calculator with the following instructions for use: The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator (Version 2) excel icon[XLS – 2 MB] is a spreadsheet-based model that will help healthcare facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19. Non-healthcare facilities such as correctional facilities may also find this tool useful. To …

One Dose or Two?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Current shortages in COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution have led some experts to suggest untested regimens. Persons who have had COVID-19 are thought to have protective immunity and memory responses for at least 6 months; however, neither recall responses nor ideal vaccine dosing regimens have been studied in those previously infected with SARS-CoV-2. A recent study on whether health care …