Congratulations Quality Award Recipients!

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2014 Bronze and Silver AHCA/NCAL Quality Award recipients.  The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success.  Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria, and when necessary, systems are “re-created”.  This may …

Assist Device Recall

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The associated press and NBC news recently published an article regarding the recall of adult portable bed handles as the device being recalled has been identified as contributing to the deaths of three people.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the recall involves handles sold by Bed Handles Inc., of Blue Springs, MO.  (Link to complete article below). These types …

Alarm Appropriate – First Do No Harm!

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

There is no lack of opinion as to whether personal alarms used in fall prevention programs are effective or not.  Although recent research leans toward eliminating the use of alarms as they are not effective, we need to move slowly. The most important part of any reduction program whether it be restraints, side rails, alarms, etc. is to follow a …

Regulatory Update

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently developing two distinct focused survey processes to assess dementia care and Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices in nursing homes.  CMS is planning to pilot these survey types beginning in 2014.  The intent of the dementia care focused survey is to document dementia care practices in nursing …

Improving Patient Safety in Long Term Care Facilities Training Modules

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new webinar series to assist in providing training to direct care staff in long-term care settings.  Registration for the 4 part series is now available for viewing.  Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to improve the safety in your home.  AHRQ also offers additional training opportunities and archived webinars for …

AHRQ's National Program to reduce CAUTI in LTC

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Research tells us that that the rate of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in LTC residents is between 1- 3 million annually. In addition, re-hospitalizations from LTC are increasing, with UTIs being the second most common reason. The Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is funding a national program to reduce infections, specifically CAUTI in LTC. Spectrum Health Continuing Care …

Heimlich Maneuver – When, Why and How

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The HealthCap QA Reader program has grown tremendously in the past year and many HealthCap members are enjoying the benefit of having flagged incidents reviewed by Risk Management.  The review process includes recommendations to address common types of incidents, documentation best practices and the provision of emergency services.  Over the past couple of weeks I have reviewed several incident reports …

FDA Warns Against Using Uncle Ben's Infused Rice

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release:  Feb. 10, 2014 Media Inquiries:  Theresa Eisenman, 301-796-2805 theresa.eisenman@fda.hhs.gov Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-INFO-FDA FDA warns against using Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mars Foodservices recalls all lot numbers of Infused Rice linked to recent illness in Texas  Fast Facts Government officials are investigating a cluster of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mexican Flavor sold …

Canada's Recent Senior Housing Tragedy Reminds Us of the Critical Importance of Fire Safety

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

As published on Provider Nation, the official blog of Provider Magazine, January 17, 2014 By Stan Szpytek, reposted with permission Good afternoon, ProviderNation.  While the heartbreaking details of a devastating fire that destroyed a seniors housing property continues to emerge from a small village in Quebec known as L’Isle-Verte, all long term care providers, as well as operators of independent …

Staff Education and Quality Care…Do They Go Together?

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Program Designed to Address Quality of Care Through Education and Certification Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN Nursing staff education is one area that is targeted when assessing risk and when investigating incidents. However, it is often the first area targeted when balancing the budget in this world of ever dwindling resources. Staff education is an easy budget cut, but is this …