MDROs (Not COVID)!

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an urgent public health threat causing an estimated 2,868,700 infections and 35,900 deaths each year in the United States. Multi drug-resistant organisms (MDROs), including carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and organisms related to antimicrobial drug use and resistance such as Clostridioides difficile, often are the causative agents in healthcare-associated infections. Studies show that these …

Sepsis Morbidity and Mortality – Early Detection

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, Health

Sepsis is a frequent cause of morbidity and mortality among nursing home residents. A study published in JAMDA used a sample of 31 nursing homes with characteristics similar to nursing homes nationally. The study identified several issues around documentation of active surveillance and medical oversight that may have hindered early detection of sepsis. Particularly noteworthy was the absence of documentation …

To Vaccinate or Not – The Million Dollar Question!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study, Health, Studies

The results in a poll conducted by the Yahoo News/YouGov on July 28-30 show the lowest percentage of “yes” answers to the question “If and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, will you get vaccinated” since the poll started. In fact, the “yes” percentages went from: 55% in early May 50% in late May and 46% in early July. That …

Prognosis – Living With Dementia

Lisa O'Neill Case Study

As the number of people living with Dementia increases around the country, researchers are taking a  deeper-dive into this dynamic, progressive disease. A recent study conducted in Ontario, Canada found that patients with a confirmed diagnosis in the early stages have approximately five years before they require a care home and/or succumb to the disease. Of course, a number of …

Not Monkeying Around!

Angie Szumlinski Case Study

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) shared a study of remdesivir, a drug developed by Gilead Sciences Inc. and NIAID-supported investigators which involved six rhesus macaques. One group of monkeys received remdesivir and the other animals served as an untreated comparison group. Scientists infected both groups with SARS-CoV-2. Twelve hours later the treatment group received a dose …

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Transmission of COVID-19 to Health Care Personnel During Exposures to a Hospitalized Patient

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, News

Solano County, CaliforniaFebruary 2020 A summary of the CDC’s April 14 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report What is already known about this topic? Health care personnel (HCP) are at heightened risk of acquiring COVID-19 infection, but limited information exists about transmission in health care settings. What is added by this report? Among 121 HCP exposed to a patient with unrecognized …

Caretaker Burnout

Burnout – The Risks

Angie Szumlinski Case Study

We have all encountered that caregiver who begins their professional journey as the cheerleader, rah rah-ing everyone, hugging the residents, working the extra shifts and never complaining right? Well, what happens to that caregiver when they become exhausted emotionally, feel depersonalized and are less successful with their work? Sadly, this affects approximately half of all nurses, physicians and other clinicians …

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Culture, Culture, Culture

Angie Szumlinski Case Study, News

Isn’t that what everyone is talking about? “Change your culture and outcomes will improve”! “Its’ a culture problem”! We have all heard it and have probably said it when we are referring to centers that are struggling with resident care and outcomes. McKnight’s Clinical News recently published an article that discussed “poor work environments” and “missed care”. In the article, …

John Doe vs. Skilled Nursing Facility

Al Hamlin Case Study

CASE STUDY Strategic resolution of a factually inflammatory case, before discovery reveals additional vulnerabilities, is a standard part of HealthCap’s “best practice” claim handling.  Resident John Doe was a very ill, 68-year old male with blindness, contractures and the inability to walk.  He had been on hospice nearly two years.  His four-year residency was essentially unremarkable until the event in question.    Frustrated and “sick and tired” of cleaning up John’s diarrhea, an …