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Is Acetaminophen Safe for Older Diabetic Patients?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used analgesic drugs today. It is judged safe by the scientific community at large, but is also one of the most commonly overdosed drugs and the most common cause for drug‐induced hepatic failure. In order to challenge the results of recent studies that have suggested a relationship between therapeutic dosage of acetaminophen and …

At-Home Healthcare is Easier and More Affordable Than You Think

Angie Szumlinski Health

For many seniors with mobility challenges, jumping in the car and driving to a clinic is simply not an option. This means they either have to find someone to take them, use public transit, or call for an ambulance. A lack of transportation options can often leave seniors feeling like a burden on their loved ones or on the system, …

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10 Years and $36 Billion Later: How Electronic Health Records Have Failed Us

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A study by Kaiser Health News and Fortune Magazine collaborated on a three month investigation into electronic health records in America. Here are the 5 key takeaways: Patient harm: Electronic health records have created a host of risks to patient safety. Alarming reports of deaths, serious injuries and near misses — thousands of them — tied to software glitches, user errors …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health, News

CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

Increased Fall, Hip Fracture Risk Among Patients With AD Pathology

Angie Szumlinski Health

Esther Oh, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explains why preoperative determination of Alzheimer disease biomarkers in older adults who break their hips and must undergo hip fracture repair surgery is important. Read the article HERE.

CNA Perspectives on Caring for Residents with Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Alzheimer disease and other dementias are common diagnoses in long-term care (LTC). In this setting, certified nurse aides (CNAs) provide the majority of care for residents with dementia. The responsibility can be challenging, however, as evidenced by frequent CNA staff turnover. Read about the findings of four focus groups made up of 20 CNAs to understand the unique barriers impacting …

Antipsychotic Drugs Don’t Ease ICU Delirium

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Powerful drugs that have been used for decades to treat delirium are ineffective for that purpose, according to a study published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about the study here.  

Collaboration on Skilled Nursing Transitions Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Researchers find that patients who received care under a program that includes a collaborative initiative between nurse practitioners (NPs), doctors, and other medical staff were 29% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Collaboration on Skilled Nursing Transitions Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

Advance Directive Mix-Ups at End of Life

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

“Don’t resuscitate this patient; he has a living will,” the nurse told Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, handing her a document. Williams-Murphy looked at the sheet bearing the signature of the unconscious 78-year-old man, who’d been rushed from a nursing home to the emergency room. “Do everything possible,” it read, with a check approving cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Misunderstandings involving documents meant to guide …

Collaborative initiative reduces 30-day hospital readmissions

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

An article from healio.com reports on the study of The Enhanced Care Program, a collaborative initiative between physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical staff to help patients discharged from an acute care facility transition to a skilled nursing facility. Read about the program and the study’s findings here.