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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.

Opportunity to Purchase PPE at Bulk Pricing Rates

Angie Szumlinski Featured

To help members who are having trouble getting ahold of personal protective equipment, The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) is working with Project N95 to purchase and offer such items at bulk pricing rates. There are no minimum order quantities, but the offer is only for a one-time bulk purchase and may not be repeated. The following …

Hurry and Wait – Vaccines are Coming!

Angie Szumlinski Health

The COVID-19 vaccine distribution process in the U.S. is moving slower than anticipated, falling short of Operation Warp Speed’s goal to vaccinate 20 million Americans by the end of 2020. As of December 30, 2020, 11.4 million doses were distributed, and 2.1 million people have received a vaccine. Most states have administered a fraction of the doses they’ve received. Federal …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Featured

Mason Public Schools and Green Acres Assisted Living The holidays were different this year, and so many residents in long term care facilities were faced with being unable to spend them with their loved ones. Our newest HealthCap Heroes from Mason Public Schools wanted to spread the love of the holiday season to their neighbors in Green Acres Assisted Living, …

Why Certain COVID-19 Patients Die

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The immune system is complex and involves many genes, including those that encode cytokines known as interferons (IFNs). Individuals who lack specific IFNs can be more susceptible to infectious diseases. Additionally, the autoantibody system dampens IFNs response to prevent damage from pathogen-induced inflammation. Two recent studies now examine the likelihood that genetics affects the risk of severe coronavirus disease 2019 …

Counterfeit Respirators / Misrepresentation of NIOSH-Approval

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

As more and more types of respirators are hitting the market to meet increased demand, counterfeit respirators are becoming a concerning issue. False marketing and deceitful labeling may entice customers to try a new brand that may not actually be providing appropriate protection. One major misrepresentation these respirators have is false NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) approval. …

FDA Issues Alert Regarding SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation

Angie Szumlinski Health

On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert warning that viral mutations of SARS-CoV-2 may produce false-negative results on current molecular tests. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting clinical laboratory staff and health care providers that the FDA is monitoring the potential impact of viral mutations, including an emerging variant from the …

Welcoming Back Nursing Home Visitors

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Reopening America’s nursing homes to visitors is of critical importance as many residents continue to sustain severe and potentially irreversible consequences from lack of human contact, especially with family caregivers. The CDC nursing home guidelines published as of June 2020 are confusing and lack detail with respect to visitors and essential family caregivers. While the evidence concerning COVID-19 is still …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski News

Beecher Manor of Beecher, Illinois In our search for HealthCap Heroes, we have found some truly incredible and inspiring individuals. However, in the case of Beecher Manor, we found heroism not just in one individual, but in an entire community that has displayed comradery, passion, and dedication towards protecting the safety of those residing in the facility. This ‘affectionately entwined’ …

CDC Updates – Contraindications – COVID-19 Vaccine

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The CDC previously released guidelines for contraindications to vaccinations; however, it has now broadened these guidelines to include those with a history of an immediate allergic reaction to previous doses of or any component of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, including polyethylene glycol. According to the updated interim guidance, anyone with a history of immediate allergic reaction of any severity to any …

More Research – Melatonin

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health, Studies

Results from a new Cleveland Clinic-led study suggest that melatonin, a hormone that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and is commonly used as an over-the-counter sleep aid, may be a viable treatment option for COVID-19. According to the findings published today in PLOS Biology, a novel artificial intelligence platform developed by Lerner Research Institute researchers to identify possible drugs for COVID-19 …