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The Hidden Drug Problem of Older Adults

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Medication Overload, also known as Polypharmacy, continues to be on the radar for many providers and regulators and for good reason. The negative effects of even one medication can be debilitating for an older adult. Add additional medications to their drug regimen and the results can be catastrophic. In a recent interview with Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN and the …

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Hypertension Could Lead to Dementia

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Recent studies have shown that people with hypertension in midlife have a higher risk of developing dementia. This study, although limited, may be important to you and the caregivers in your communities. Unfortunately, many of our residents are past midlife and this information may not be relevant to them. That said, it may be helpful for your staff, family members …

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Mosquito Control

Angie Szumlinski Health

It may be fall but mosquito control and disease prevention is still important! The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) developed these attachments for advice on mosquito control and how to protect yourself and your family from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

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Super Bugs and Super You!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Identifying at least 20% of hospitalized patients who carry Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – drug resistant bacteria that can lead to a dangerous healthcare-associated infection, could help prevent the spread of the organism, according to an AHRQ funded study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers developed a computer model to understand the impact of detecting an increasing number …

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RAFT Model of SNF Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article published in JAMDA, the “RAFT Model of SNF Care” is discussed with interesting observations and outcomes. What is RAFT? It is a process to assist centers in Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers. Did that get your attention?! There are 4 distinct components to the RAFT process including: Small team of providers who manage care and after-hour calls …

Soap vs. Alcohol

Angie Szumlinski Health

Hand hygiene is the primary means of preventing transmission of infections, but confusion exists about the when soap and water is preferred over alcohol hand rubs.  While alcohol-based hand rubs are an effective means of decreasing the transmission of bacterial pathogens, alcohol is not effective against Clostridium difficile (C. diff) spores. To address this confusion, we have created a one-page …

Join the CDC In Fighting Sepsis

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be sponsoring and promoting events during the month of September which is Sepsis Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of detecting sepsis early and taking steps to prevent it! The events include two CDC webinars, a Twitter chat and the first World Sepsis Congress.  All of them echo the call for …

Managing Risks of Direct Oral Anticoagulants

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

The Joint Commission recently published a “Sentinel Event Alert” on managing the risks of direct oral anticoagulants. Remember the day when these new medications were introduced and everyone thought it was life changing? No PT/INR levels to worry about, short half life so the medications aren’t lingering in the system, etc.? Well, after years of use and some research, it …

A Growing Problem

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

Antibiotic resistant bacteria and C. difficile are a growing problem in healthcare. The large reservoir of MDRO and C. difficle found within nursing homes can become a source of transmission. Added to that, the population entering nursing homes have many risk factors which make them vulnerable to colonization and infection with these organisms. You can download our helpful inforgraphic that …

Electronic Medical Records and Medication Errors

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Although many feel the electronic MAR is a solution to medication errors, a recent study performed by Australian Health Review 43(3) 276-283 and shared by the AHRQ may change your opinion! Yes, the electronic MAR may “notify” you when a medication is missed, late, unavailable, etc. however it isn’t without shortcomings! For example, this study found that incorrect medication dose or …