COVID-19 Infection – Neurological Risk

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, Studies

People who have had COVID-19 may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder such as anxiety or depression. Researchers looked at the medical records of 69 million people in the United States between January 20 and August 1, 2020. The data included 62,000 people who contracted COVID-19 as part of what the authors described as the …

COVID-19 Score Calculation

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has rapidly affected mortality worldwide. There is unprecedented urgency to understand who is most at risk of severe outcomes. A new online tool helps to estimate an individual’s risk of dying from COVID-19 depending on where they live in the United States, which could provide useful information on which individuals should be prioritized for early vaccinations. …

Evaluating SARS-CoV-2 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for 2 vaccines against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), one developed jointly by Pfizer and BioNTech and the other by Moderna. According to company press releases and data made available by the FDA, both vaccines have shown approximately 95% efficacy in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infections …

COVID-19 Vaccine Reactions – CDC MMWR

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The CDC has issued updated interim clinical considerations for use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the United States and interim considerations for preparing for the potential management of anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rarely after vaccination. In addition to screening for contraindications and precautions before administering COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine locations should have the …

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 …

Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

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The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with the director of AHRQ, to prepare a draft report on effective strategies for reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety. The report includes measures determined appropriate by the Secretary to encourage the appropriate use …

Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

Island City Assisted Living Many of our HealthCap Heroes have stepped up for their residents because they love them like family, having worked years in their facility and spent countless hours at their side. This wasn’t the case for our most recent HealthCap Hero, Donna Ruggiano, who joined the staff at Island City Assisted Living in the midst of the …

FDA Statement on Following the Authorized Dosing Schedules for COVID-19 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

On January 4th, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement reiterating the importance of following the authorized dosing schedules for both approved COVID-19 vaccines. Efforts to increase the number of individuals immunized against COVID-19 by changing the doses or dosing schedules are said to run the risk of being counterproductive to public health. The FDA is …

Alexa – To The Rescue

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

From the early days of Alexa, customers have loved the simplicity of the voice service. With the current state of the pandemic, loneliness and managing day-to-day tasks can be overwhelming for seniors. Alexa has become a companion for many allowing them to feel more confident about living independently. We have also observed residents in senior living using this device to …

Monoclonal Antibody Infusions

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that as of November 10, 2020, Medicare beneficiaries are receiving coverage of monoclonal antibodies to treat COVID-19 with no cost-sharing during the Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS’ coverage of monoclonal antibody infusions applies to bamianivimab, which received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA on November 9. CMS anticipates that …