Toothbrush Disinfection – Protect Against COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Brazilian researchers have found that toothbrushes can act as reservoirs for microorganisms and favor the transmission of diseases such as COVID-19. Patients who are infected with SARS-CoV-2 have “high viral loads in saliva, nasopharynx and oropharynx” which can occur even in asymptomatic people. A recent study demonstrated that commercially available mouthwashes can inactivate SARS-CoV-2 in vitro. The results showed that …

Look to 2021 – Skilled Nursing News

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

Each January, SNN tries to predict the top trends that will sweep the industry for the coming 12 months. COVID-19 completely wiped out the predictions they made for 2020, a year that began with the looming specter of clawbacks related to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), further Medicaid strain, and the potential over-extension of organizations that had sought to diversify …

IPC Adherence – LTCFs Study

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Not surprisingly, a recent study found that long-term care facility residents are among the populations at greatest risk of morbidity and mortality due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In May 2020, the CDC developed interim infection prevention and control (IPC) recommendations for healthcare personnel to prevent COVID-19, which included specific guidelines for LTCFs and an Infection Prevention and Control Assessment …

Antibiotic Prescribing and Use – CDC Current Report

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Antibiotic stewardship, or improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used, is critical for optimizing the treatment of patients who have infections, protecting patients from harm, and combating antibiotic resistance. In 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Antibiotic Use in the United States, 2018 Update: Progress and Opportunities”, which included information on how antibiotics were being used …

Private Rooms – Better Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Nursing home residents have been disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Prevention recommendations emphasize frequent testing of health care personnel and residents, but additional strategies are needed. Compared with community-dwelling older adults, nursing home residents are 5 times more likely to die of COVID-19. The concentration of COVID-19 mortality among nursing home residents can be explained by the high …

It Is In The Air – Mask Up!

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

An interesting El Pais article discusses how the coronavirus may be spreading and statistically putting everyone at risk, especially with the holidays upon us! Here are a few facts that I found interesting! Social Gathering in a living room: Six people get together in a private home, one is infected. Some 31% of coronavirus outbreaks recorded in Spain are caused …

Hypo What?

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

Old news, older adults are more susceptible to the Coronavirus. In fact, eight out of 10 COVID-19-related deaths reported in the United States have been among adults aged 65 years and older. The virus’ high contagion rate among at-risk populations has businesses who cater to older adults concerned that if one patron contracts it, it will quickly spread. Hearth Management, …

Normal Speech – Spread COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In an article published in Medscape in August 2020, it discussed a study that had been conducted on the spread of COVID-19. Yes, there have been a gazillion studies conducted and many have differing opinions outcomes. The goal of sharing these studies is to keep you informed of the scientific research being conducted throughout the world to find a cure …

Handwashing – The Right Way

Angie Szumlinski Health

Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy! CDC Guidance: Five Steps to Wash Your Hands the Right Way Washing your hands is easy and it is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean …

Vaccine or IC Practices?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Historically, public health messaging for pneumococcal disease prevention has centered around vaccination. While this remains paramount, a recent study conducted in China and other countries in East Asia highlights the key role of behavior and public health measures in reducing the transmission of S. pneumoniae. Older adults and high-risk individuals should consider adopting more meticulous infection control practices such as …