Coronavirus – Airborne?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we are constantly bombarded with “new” information. Much of this information increases our anxiety and confusion and unfortunately there is no end in sight. However, staying current with recommendations from the experts and applying them to your day-to-day operations may prevent the spread of infection and protect your residents and staff! The …

Anticholinergic Drugs and Dementia

Cardiovascular Risk with Rosiglitazone (Avandia)

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Researchers have known for a long time that medications to manage blood glucose levels can have a negative impact on cardiovascular status. Yale School of Medicine recently conducted a study with more than 130 trials involving over 48,000 adult patients that compared rosiglitazone with any control for at least 24 weeks. Patient Level Data was available for 33 trials which …

Family visiting grandfather in nursing home

Family Oversight – Quality of Care – Essential?

Angie Szumlinski Health

In March, after an outbreak of COVID-19 in a Seattle nursing home launched the pandemic in the United States, long-term care facilities generally shut their doors to visiting family and friends. This ban followed guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which regulates most nursing homes: Facilities were ordered to restrict visitors except for “compassionate care” for …

Mask Mandates – Unknown Social and Behavioral Consequences?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Recommendations to wear non-medical face masks to control the spread of COVID-19 vary widely and have changed over time. At the beginning of the pandemic, some countries advised against wearing masks, partly because the supply of highly protective medical N95 masks was too low. In June 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) changed their recommendations and now recommends that healthy …

ALF Providers- Last Chance!

Angie Szumlinski News

On Friday, July 31st, NCAL issued a reminder to assisted living providers urging them to submit their information to be considered for possible CARES Act Provider Relief Funds. While these funds are not guaranteed, providing your facility’s information will ensure you have your best chance at securing funds if this distribution happens. Please read their notice below, and submit your …

Kawasaki-Like Multisystem Inflammatory Disease – Adults?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Pandemic has caused many of us to worry about our seniors and then we are told that children affected by the virus may experience multi-system inflammatory disease secondary to COVID-19. Of course, everyone became alarmed and tightened the “bubble” around their children. In a recent study published in NCBI, there is now concern that adults are also at risk …

Caretaker Burnout

COVID Hardship Fund for Michigan Nurses

Angie Szumlinski News

Nurses and other healthcare professionals have faced incredible challenges during this pandemic. So many of us have made so many sacrifices, financial, physical emotional and more. To help with the financial burden, the Michigan Nurses Foundation established a COVID Hardship Fund for Michigan Nurses Association members. The fund has served nurses and other health care professionals who are MNA members …

FDA – Sanitizer Warning List

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News, Studies

The FDA is warning people to avoid dozens of hand sanitizers because they may contain methanol, a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Many of the products are labeled as containing ethanol, which is safe, but tested positive instead for methanol, also known as wood alcohol. The initial list of products made by Eskbiochem Sade CV …

Mandatory Influenza Vaccinations?

Angie Szumlinski Health

Preventing influenza infections is a national health priority, particularly among geriatric and adults with frailty who reside in post-acute and long-term care settings. Older adults account for more than 70% of deaths from influenza, a reflection of decreased vaccine effectiveness in that age group. Per the AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Policy Statement on Influenza …

Managing Nursing Home Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently published an article regarding the progress and challenges in managing nursing home infections. The article states that infections are one of the leading causes of death and hospitalization for residents in post-acute and long-term care settings. With the aging population, increasing complexity of care and the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, …