Is it Safe To Fly?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

There has been a lot of controversy over whether it is safe to fly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Granted, there are people who, due to work situations, family emergencies, etc., might not have a choice on whether they fly or not while others have chosen to stay on the ground, avoiding the risk of infection that may be spread in …

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Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System – COVID-19

Angie Szumlinski Health

Certain underlying medical conditions are associated with higher risks for severe morbidity and mortality from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Prevalence of these underlying conditions among workers differs by industry and occupation. Many essential workers, who hold jobs critical to the continued function of infrastructure operations have high potential for exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 because their jobs …

Impact of COVID-19 On LTC

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The Kaiser Foundation recently published an article on the impact of coronavirus on long-term care facilities over time. The data shows that long-term care facilities make up 8% of all coronavirus cases however more than 40% of all COVID-19 deaths. The analysis evaluated trends of long-term care cases and deaths between April and August 2020 to determine where and when …

Making 0.1% Chlorine Solution

Angie Szumlinski Health

2020 has been a year! The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched pretty much every aspect of life as we knew it and has changed it forever! Yes, we will return to a “new normal” but in a sense, we have lost our innocence. We have learned a hard lesson, there is risk with everything we do. As we continue our journey, …

Independent Nursing Home COVID-19 Commission Findings Validate Unprecedented Federal Response

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes (Commission), which was facilitated by MITRE. The Commission’s findings align with the actions the Trump Administration and CMS have taken to contain the spread of the virus and to safeguard nursing home residents from the …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) today released two documents outlining the Trump Administration’s detailed strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly and reliably as possible. The documents, developed by HHS in coordination with the DoD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

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 …

Unmasking the Mask

Angie Szumlinski Health

In a recent video/transcript published in Medscape on August 16, 2020, Dr. Mark Lewis, MD discussed the many myths surrounding the use of facemasks. The link to the video is below and here are a few of the “tidbits” Dr. Lewis shared: Misinformation and Talking Points Efficacy. It is true that masks are not 100% effective however there is little …

Laws of Motion PPE – Surgical Gown Safety

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care facility risk managers, procurement staff and health care providers that gowns sold as medical gowns including surgical gowns, sold by Laws of Motion PPE (LawsofMotionPPE.com) have potential quality issues that affect the level of fluid barrier protection. The FDA is recommending that gowns manufactured or sold by Laws of …