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HealthCap® USA

Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT and BS

Director of Risk Management

Angie SzumlinskiMs. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care with experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator and independent consultant. Ms. Szumlinski conducts risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the post-acute care spectrum. Ms. Szumlinski served as an Associated Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Committee, NCAL Risk Management Committee, HCAM Legal/Clinical Committee and is a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Ms. Szumlinski is a Nurse Planner for the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

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Antibiotics for UTI – Yay or Nay?

Angie Szumlinski News

The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published the results of a statewide program to improve the management of suspected urinary tract infections in long-term care. The reason the study was done was that too many residents were being treated for UTIs when in actuality they were experiencing “asymptomatic bacteriuria”. What does this mean? Well, maybe we need to go …

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Coronavirus & Respiratory Infection Toolkit Now Available

Angie Szumlinski News

Coronavirus is the topic of many conversations lately. The CDC recommends the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. We’ve put together a toolkit of policies, procedures, checklists, and resources you can use to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.  Download the toolkit on our Resource & Education Center.

Overactive Bladder – Meds or Therapy?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

There are many different medications on the market for managing overactive bladder in men, however, none are without side effects. I recently talked with a gentleman in a senior housing center who said he was constipated and had made several trips to the ER for impaction removal. When I asked if he knew why this was happening he said it …

Copper Not Just For Arthritis Anymore?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

There was a recent study to determine if copper could serve as an antimicrobial agent. The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine published the study and it was found that copper did prevent outbreaks of healthcare-associated infections in a long-term care facility. Specifically, the risk of hand-transmitted healthcare-associated infection was significantly lower in the area equipped with copper surfaces. …

Are we doing the right things for pain management?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a recent article written by J Bryan Conrad, PhD1; Ann Monis, PsyD2; Elizabeth B Hooper, PsyD2 in reference to a study on pain management for long term care facilities, pain was positively correlated with female gender, fractures, pressure ulcers, falls, sleeping disorders, cancer, unstable health conditions, a number of drugs and depression. The authors also found that a high number …

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Healthy Lifestyle Decreases Dementia Risk

Angie Szumlinski Studies

As caregivers for frail elders, we see the devastating progression of dementia on a daily basis. What if we could do something to impact the risk for developing this dreaded disease? A recent study conducted by Exeter Medical School in Exeter, United Kingdom used a “healthy lifestyle score” based on 4 modifiable lifestyle risks. The goal of the study was to identify if …

Dementia Screening – Primary Care Involvement

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Many seniors refuse their primary care providers recommendation to be screened for early-onset dementia, however, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found there was no harm from screening measured by symptoms of depression or anxiety. This is great news but what is troubling is the high rate of refusal to get follow up diagnostic …

You Can Run, but…

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The senior living industry has been improving the delivery of care for almost two decades.    The network that providers have–which includes other providers, their agents, our risk management consultants (including the one and only Angie Szumlinski), and HealthCap litigation managers–is deep and strong.  Thanks to leadership from AHCA/NCAL and their state affiliates (and I will put in a plug for HealthCap), providers can solve nearly any problem …

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Sleep Apnea – Nothing to Snore At!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

We all know someone, maybe ourselves, who suffer from sleep apnea and don’t get treatment right? Do you know the family member who shakes the house with their snoring? Well, it turns out that research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has shown if sleep apnea is not diagnosed and treated, there is an increase in healthcare costs …