Shingles Vaccine and Stroke Risk

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The CDC recently released information that seniors receiving the shingles vaccine decrease their risk of stroke by up to 20%! That’s pretty impressive when you figure most strokes occur in seniors versus younger adults and that a simple vaccine may make a difference! What their study showed was: Receiving the shingles vaccine lowered the risk of stroke by about 16% …

Rapid Antigen Testing – Negative Implications?

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In an article published on July 27, 2020 in the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, they identified a reason for concern with the rapid COVID-19 tests being used in our long-term care facilities. In about 15% of tests being performed using the rapid antigen test, 15% of infected people are given a false negative result. Yes, these tests …

UTIs – AMDAs Infection Advisory Subcommittee

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Despite being anong the most common infections, the diagnosis and management of urinary tract infections (UTIs) remains challenging, particularly among residents of post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. Insufficient awareness of evidence-based guidelines regarding UTIs, entrenched practice partners, as well as pressure from other staff and concerned family members can all contribute to over-diagnosis and unnecessary antibiotic use for presumed …

AHRQ Patient Safety Chartbook

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The Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality recently published the “ChartBook on Patient Safety.” This document is part of a family of documents and tools that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) which is an annual report to Congress mandated in the Healthcare Research and Quality Act of 1999. The QDR provides a comprehensive overview of the …

Policy Recommendations – COVID-19 – JAMDA – New York Experiences

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In a document posted online on June 1, 2020, a group of physicians provided policy recommendations for managing COVID-19. These recommendations include screening, protection of staff, screening of residents, management of COVID-19 positive and presumed positive cases, communication during an outbreak, management of admissions and readmissions and providing emotional support for staff. These consensus guidelines have been endorsed by the …

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Post-COVID-19 Recovery

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As many parts of the country are experiencing increased numbers of COVID cases, there are many people who are recovering from the virus. Our attention has been on identifying symptoms of active disease, as it should be; however the story doesn’t end there! As patients begin the recovery phase, many are experiencing ongoing symptoms from the virus. These symptoms include …

Tramadol and Hip Fractures

Angie Szumlinski Studies

For a long time, we didn’t do a great job managing our residents with pain and many of us were cited at harm levels for it. Today we do a much better job at managing resident pain which allows them to enjoy a more engaged lifestyle in our centers. One of the more common pain medications used today is “Tramadol” …

Dementia Activities Toolkit

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This toolkit was developed to assist you, the caregiver, in creating unique activities that may help with keeping your “busy” residents occupied and in a happy place! Residents living with dementia may not be able to tell you they are lonely, bored, sad, depressed, etc. It is up to us to identify the symptoms of loneliness and boredom and address …

Vitamin D – COVID-19?

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Low plasma levels of Vitamin D has emerged as an independent risk factor for COVID-19 infection and hospitalization in a large, population-based study. Participants positive for COVID-19 were 50% more likely to have low versus normal levels in a multivariate analysis. The study published online on July 23, 2020, in the FEBSPRESS science publishing by scientists, “makes a compelling case …