Social Media & Electronic Devices – Protecting Residents

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Suffolk, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced a 15 count indictment charging two certified nurse aides (CNAs) with photographing eleven nursing home residents at three separate facilities, one of whom is also charged with texting one of the photographs to a friend.  The pictures were taken without the knowledge or consent of the victims, many of whom …

UTIs – Criteria to Know

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

We have all witnessed residents with a significant change in condition, residents with an onset of new behaviors, unsteady gait, lethargy, loss of appetite and more.  How do our caregivers respond when they notice these sometimes subtle changes in condition?  Are caregivers trained to observe for changes or is your home experiencing a higher than average re-hospitalization rate?  How are …

Medical Bed Mattresses: Damaged or Worn Covers Pose Risk of Contamination and Infection

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

AUDIENCE: Biomedical Engineering, Infectious Disease, Nursing, Risk Managers ISSUE: From January 2011 to January 2013, the FDA received 458 reports associated with medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluids from leaking into the mattress (fluid ingress). Fluid ingress may occur if mattress covers become worn or damaged from small holes or rips in the fabric or …

Recall on Food Products

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Providers:  Please see the information (below) that we were provided today regarding a recall of products that may be used in nursing homes. On 3/28/13, Rich Products, manufacturers of Farm Rich brand and Market Day brand frozen appetizers issued a recall of a number of their products manufactured at their plant in Waycross, GA because of a multi-state outbreak of …

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Long Term Care

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Guest Bloggers: Andrea Szumlinski DeLand, Associate Principal  and John Paul Hessburg, Principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook In early March national headlines claiming that a long term care provider refused to provide CPR to a resident in distress resulting in death raised concerns within the long term care community across the country.  In response, care providers at every level …

SAFETY ALERT – CRE

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

CMS Medicare FFS Provider e-News, Thursday, March 14, 2013:   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CMS are asking your assistance in tackling what may be one of the most pressing patient safety threats of our time carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).  CDC recently released a report on the presence of CRE in U.S. inpatient medical facilities, demonstrating …

The Quality Journey

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Quality is the foundation of the HealthCap Risk Management program and supporting our members on their quality journey is a very rewarding experience.  Over the past three years HealthCap Risk Management consultants have taken an active role in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program as Senior Examiners and Team Leaders.  The program consists of three levels and is part of …

The Perfect Storm

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

It is no coincidence that the rate of respiratory infections increases during the winter months.   More families are visiting, residents go “home” for dinner, visitors traveling from other areas of the country bring “foreign” microorganisms along and thus we have the perfect storm.   Understanding that these are things we can’t change, let’s talk about the things we CAN change that …

Let’s REACT to INTERACT!

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The State of Michigan began a pilot project last year aimed at reducing hospital readmissions.  This month the project is expanding to all of Michigan’s 144 hospitals according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. The goal of the project which is being coordinated by Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and The Michigan Peer Review Organization (MPRO) is …

‘Tis the Season – The Perfect Storm

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

It is no coincidence that the rate of respiratory infections increases during the winter holiday season.   More families are visiting, residents go “home” for dinner, visitors traveling from other areas of the country bring “foreign” microorganisms along and thus we have the perfect storm.   Understanding that these are things we can’t change, let’s talk about the things we CAN change …