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Whoa!

Angie Szumlinski News

Okay, the world kept spinning through the COVID pandemic. We were locked down, many of us became ill, and some of those near and dear to us didn’t survive but we soldiered on. Sure, most people you talk to will tell you that they consumed more adult beverages than they normally would, but this is a no-judgment zone! As we …

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Vaccines and Survey!

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CMS has rolled out mandatory vaccine requirements for employees working in post-acute care settings. The regulation clearly states that communities must provide documentation that their employee vaccination rate is 100%, excluding exemptions and delays. So, what does this mean to you? Bottom line, if your center is cited for not meeting the 100% vaccine requirement for employees, you will likely …

SEP-1 Measure

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In 2013 the National Quality Foundation (NQF) endorsed the Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: Management Bundle (SEP-1) and it was implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in October 2015, requiring emergency rooms to follow the process. The measure has seven basic elements that guide clinicians in the treatment of patients brought to the emergency room with …

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Television Sleep Timers

Angie Szumlinski News

Are you one of those people who “can’t fall asleep” without the television on? Do you find it more comfortable to have a “night light” on? Well, thankfully, I am NOT that person and in fact, it makes me a little cranky if the room isn’t totally dark at night. I’m actually pretty excited about an article I read regarding …

Mortality Rates – COVID-19 – Dementia

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Everyone is still reeling from the impact loss of companionship has had on our seniors, up to and including death. I read an interesting article in JAMA Neurology where the researchers evaluated the impact on COVID-19 on residents living with dementia, focused primarily on nursing home settings. The question was “is the COVID-19 pandemic associated with changes in mortality among …

Masks? No Masks? Which Masks?

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We have had this discussion to the point of nausea, right? Sorry, I’m back again to add to your angst! I recently visited an acute care facility where a family member was being cared for. I proudly donned my KN95 mask, used hand sanitizer at the entrance and went to the screening desk for a temperature check (yes, this added …

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Trouble Sleeping?

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Join the club! Everyone I talk to lately is struggling to get enough sleep and most of us get less than the recommended hours of sleep per night. Sure, there are over-the-counter sleep aids, soothing white noise machines, etc. but at the end of the day, we are still struggling to find that happy place. In a recent article published …

Finally!

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For the past several years, post-acute care providers have beat the drum, “send us help”, “send us supplies”, “send us staff”, but to no avail. The general public was and continues to be told we didn’t do our job in protecting our residents. Not only is this information hurtful, it is also false, each and every one of us did …

Does Root Cause Analysis Improve Resident Safety?

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Since the beginning of time, it seems, we have educated our staff on the importance of root cause analysis (RCA). RCA is mainly used to identify “why” something happened, including falls, sepsis, elopements, etc. Our QAPI committees meet quarterly (or more often, hopefully) and discuss the “5 whys”, we “peel back the onion”, we use the fishbone diagram, but no …

TBI and You!

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Many of our centers provide care to residents with a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) however many of us treat behaviors/symptoms but know little about the diagnosis. Have you ever considered the effects of concussion, also considered a TBI, on long-term outcomes? Think about it, have you ever experienced a fall, hit your head, watched your child or grandchild …