Links found between nursing homes and hospitals in spread of MRSA

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Patient Safety and Quality The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) performed a recent study on the spread of MRSA and the findings are interesting. “Individual hospitals or hospital systems may not consider the role of patients who transfer in and out of the hospital from nursing homes when planning their infection control strategies. That may be a mistake, …

Training Requirements OSHA's Revised Hazard Communication Standard

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

OSHA recently revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align it with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  By December 1, 2013, all employers covered by OSHA’s hazard communication standard – including virtually all nursing homes and assisted living facilities – must train their employees on the standard’s changes to chemical hazard labeling and …

The Price of Beauty – Managing Electric Hair Dryer Risk

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

By Erica Holman, NHA, MSW & Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT, BS Sometimes Risk Management involves delivering an unpopular message with a limited number of options.  That’s the dilemma faced when Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities try to manage risk exposures related to the use of electric hair dryers when oxygen is in use. Having a routine or an …

Federal Government Shutdown – What Now?

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Yes it has happened, the Federal government has shut down and many aspects of life as we know it have been affected.  HealthCap has received many questions from providers as to how this shutdown affects the day-to-day operations in our homes.  In an effort to ensure continuity of care for the residents entrusted to us, the Department of Health and …

5 Critical Steps in a Shooting

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

What’s in a word? “Shooter kills [some], injures [more]” has become a far too common news headline originating in offices, academic campuses, schools, senior housing/nursing homes and even military bases. Over the past several years and most recently this week, our country has experienced shooting events resulting in the loss of innocent lives.  Why do these events continue to happen …

EHR – Let the Games Begin!

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Richard VandenBerg, RN, BSN, WCC Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT, BS The use of computers in health care settings has been present for many years, though primarily for administrative use.  Now that many providers have or are in the process of transitioning to an electronic medical record there are some important practices to keep in mind in order to keep …

CDC Updated Influenza Recommendations

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

It is hard to believe that the summer of 2013 is coming to a close, but it is, and as we end another summer, we should be planning our program strategy for preventive immunizations.  The Centers for Disease Control has recently released updated information regarding the 2013-14 influenza vaccine.  The basics remain the same immunize high risk populations and healthcare …

Assist Rails – Not for the Elderly Anymore!

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

On May 29, 2013 the Consumer Product Safety Commission filed a petition requesting a ban or standard on adult portable bed rails.  The Commission received 2 requests asking that proceedings be initiated to determine that adult portable bed rails pose an unreasonable risk of injury and to initiate rulemaking.  The petitioners assert that adult portable bed rails currently on the …

Visitors – Resident Rights and Resident Choice

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

On June 28, 2013 the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group through CMS issued a Memorandum regarding “Access and Visitation Rights in Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities.”  The memorandum states it is a “reminder” to providers and surveyors that LTC facilities must ensure that all individuals seeking to visit a resident be given full and equal visitation …

Motorized Mobility Aides in the LTC Residence – Policy Considerations

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

John P. Hessburg, Margaret A. Chamberlain and Andrea S. DeLand The Kitch Firm, Attorneys for Health Cap The use of motorized “scooters” or mobility aides in a long term care setting has been a polarizing issue.  On the one hand, these devices enable many individuals to maintain an independent lifestyle.  On the other hand, these devices can present safety hazards that can …