Urinary Tract Infections

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Last week we discussed the risks of sepsis in residents with pneumonia, but did you know that urinary tract infections (UTI) can often lead to sepsis as well? Although UTIs are common infections in even healthy adults, not all UTIs are treated quickly and can spread to the kidney, causing pain and severe illness. When this happens, the resident is …

General Anxiety Disorder

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a debilitating condition that is prevalent among older adults. Estimates are that 2.4% to 6.3% of older adults suffer with GAD. What exactly is GAD? It is characterized by persistent, uncontrollable worry that occurs for at least 6 months. It is often associated with decreased quality of life, cognitive impairment, disability, and increased healthcare utilization. …

Wound Care and Gloves

Angie SzumlinskiNews

If you have ever had a state or federal surveyor observe you performing wound care you can relate to the angst most nurses feel. Not only are you responsible for making sure the resident is comfortable, the treatment orders are accurate, your supplies are readily available but now you are also responsible for answering questions from a surveyor. In the …

Respiratory Illnesses

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Yep, here we are again, in the throws of another difficult respiratory illness season! Hopefully you and yours are prepared, are taking precautions and are up to date with your vaccinations! There is a lot of controversy regarding vaccinations, I get it, that said, many of our frail elders will not survive this flu season without these vaccines. As a …

Single Dose Every 6 Months

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Frail elderly people are at high risk of negative outcomes related to medications as their bodies do not process them as quickly as younger people. The risk to these elders includes toxicity, hypotension (low blood pressure), kidney failure, dehydration, etc. So why do we continue to give these medications? Simple, it is the standard of care, and in the event …

Everyone is Doing It!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

I remember growing up my mom used to say “if everyone jumped off the bridge would you jump”? Even back then as a child, I said “no”. But here we are, January, the beginning of a new year and of course, the beginning of new year resolutions! Everyone is doing it, losing weight, dragging themselves to the gym, having alcohol …

Bed Safety

Angie SzumlinskiNews

I bet you think I’m talking about bed rails again, but you are wrong! Not that we shouldn’t beat that drum frequently, however, in several recent studies, one at Cambridge University, the other at Emory University School of Medicine, another culprit was identified as increasing risk to our residents. The studies were conducted to determine whether a hospital bed previously …

Artificial Intelligence and Post-Acute Care

Crystal ParneyNews

Humanity has been tinkering and investing in the creation of artificial intelligence or AI since the early 1900s, with conceptions of AI and the use of mathematics to generate intelligent outcomes since the 15th century. These concepts evolved into prototypes and the creation of basic applications and simple robotics, along with the human imagination generating ideas that could only be …

Human Trafficking

Angie SzumlinskiNews

January is Human Trafficking Awareness month; sad that we have a designated month, but we do. Every year millions of people are exploited within and across borders. They are forced to work in factories for little or no pay; harvest crops; work in terrible conditions in mines, construction sites, and fishing boats; or work in private homes. Many victims are …

The Big Five

Angie SzumlinskiNews

There is some interesting research being conducted on whether personality can be a predictor of someone developing dementia in the future. Hmmmm, what does that mean? Well, scientists performed a study to determine the extent to which the Big Five personality traits and subjective well-being (SWB) could be predictors of dementia. What are the “big five” personality traits and subjective …