Another Virus

Angie Szumlinski News

According to the New York Times, Chinese health officials confirmed the world’s first known human infection from a strain of bird flu called H10N3 on June 1, 2021. The 41-year-old man in China’s easter Jiangsu province contracted the virus and was hospitalized April 28. China’s CDC performed genome sequencing on a virus sample from the man on May 28 and …

Surveys Yikes

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

In case you haven’t heard, regulatory surveys are back with a vengeance! Federal data indicates that the number of surveys conducted nationwide has risen 132% since 2020, leaving some wondering how fairly standards are being applied when COVID-19 is already forcing facilities to deal with staffing shortages, aging infrastructure, profit loss and increased scrutiny over everything from infection protocols to …

Spreading Infection – Be Aware!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A New York Department of Health surveyor auditing a Bronx nursing home exposed residents and staff to COVID-19 per a source at Fox News. According to an employee at Pelham Parkway Nursing Home, a team of health department surveyors began auditing the facility on April 5. While department guidance “strongly encourages” all visitors to be tested before entering a nursing …

CDC: Updated Healthcare Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations in Response to COVID-19 Vaccination

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of April 27, 2021 Updated SARS-CoV-2 testing recommendations Updated visitation guidance to include recommendations for acute care facilities and to describe circumstances when source control and physical distancing are not required during visitation Added guidance for communal activities and dining in healthcare settings Key Points CDC has updated select healthcare infection prevention and control …

Remote Works

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Health

In a study conducted in New York skilled nursing facilities over a two-week period, a three-component Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) assessment was performed virtually. The key components of the assessment were: Screening tool Telephone Infection Prevention and Control checklist COVID-19 video Infection Prevention and Control assessment (COVIDeo) Of the 92 SNFs competing the IPC screening tool and checklist, 52/92 …

Man wearing surgical mask

Contact Precautions – MRSA

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The effectiveness and importance of contact precautions for endemic pathogens has long been debated, and their use has broad implications for infection control of other pathogens. Antibiotic-resistant pathogens are a serious public health concern, and the association between coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and personal protective equipment supply availability has strained infection control programs across the country. Given the role of …

Medication capsules scattered

Drug-Resistant Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

As COVID-19 took hold over the last year, nursing homes used and reused protective equipment, masks, gloves, gowns, etc. to assist in preventing the spread of the virus. Bring on opportunistic, drug-resistant bacteria and fungi! These bacteria and fungi, like COVID-19, prey on older people, those with compromised immune systems. These bacteria and fungi can cling tenaciously to clothing and …

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 …