COVID-19 – Emergency Palliative Care in Action

Angie Szumlinski Health

Although this is often a difficult conversation to have, COVID-19 can and often does have a rapid onset and can advance quickly. COVID-19 is rapidly spreading across the world. Many patients will present with a high symptom burden, which specialists in palliative care can help manage. Increasing numbers of patients will not be suitable for mechanical ventilation but instead will …

Pulmonary Emboli and COVID

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

New studies are being done on COVID patients and microthrombi/pulmonary embolism. MEDPAGE Today published on April 8th that they are noting systemic clotting problems in patients with COVID-19, even with those patients on prophylactic anticoagulation. They have noticed that the D-dimer, that checks for clotting issues, has been linked to a greater odd of death with COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, …

A Recipe for Disaster

Angie Szumlinski Health

What Should We Do? As with pretty much everyone in the country today, there are tons of questions, fear, and uncertainty. As we talk with our members it is obvious that sometimes there just aren’t answers to every question. One of the most common questions we receive is “should I accept residents from the hospital”. That is a great question …

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Mental Health – You, Your Family and Your Kids!

Angie Szumlinski Health

As we navigate the unknown of COVID-19 we hear a lot of stories about weight gain, increased consumption of alcohol, lack of motivation, sleep disturbances, and anxiety. As the days get longer, daylight keeps us awake later and our sleep cycles are disrupted. Add to that, many parents are now sharing their bed with 1-2 extra “bodies”, yes, their kids! …

Indoor Precautions Essential to Stem Airborne COVID-19 – A THEORY

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Researchers are urging health authorities to immediately recognize the role of airborne transmission of COVID-19 virus droplets from an infected person beyond 5 feet in order to stem the disease’s spread. In an article in Environment International, published this week, it was encouraged that health care organizations initiate research into the airborne transmission of COVID-19. “National health bodies responsible for …

Employee Health & Well-Being

Angie Szumlinski Health

During this time of uncertainty, frontline healthcare workers are facing additional burdens, not only at work but also outside of work.  Many caregivers are working longer hours/extra shifts and are anxious about the lack of necessary personal protective equipment. These challenges increase stress the caregiver may be experiencing as they are also concerned about contracting the virus and bringing it …

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Universal Source Control

Angie Szumlinski Health

Universal Source Control is used to address asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, implement source control for everyone entering a healthcare facility (e.g., healthcare personnel, patients, visitors), regardless of symptoms. This action is recommended to help prevent transmission from infected individuals who may or may not have symptoms of COVID-19. Cloth face coverings are not considered PPE as they are not designed …

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Decontamination and Reuse of Filtering Facepiece Respirators

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Health

The FDA has approved an emergency authorization for decontamination/reuse of N95 respirators as a crisis capacity strategy to ensure continued availability. It is critical that the integrity of the N95 respirator, including user seal check be monitored after each decontamination process. This emergency authorization is limited to the current COVID-19 pandemic only. Please be sure to check the CDC and …

Woman at Window with Cabin Fever

Going Stir Crazy? Suffering from Cabin Fever?

Angie Szumlinski Health

During the pandemic, every state is affected differently – some are in lockdown per Executive Orders while others are maintaining social distancing and limit their exposure on their own terms, but what about our residents? Our staff are observed coming and going from the building, so how do you explain to residents the importance of sheltering in place? Maintaining some …

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Communication: Behind the Mask

Angie Szumlinski Health

Non-verbal communication often assists in forming a bond with those who may speak a different language, are unable to speak, have hearing loss, etc. Think about it, when you smile at someone, chances are they will smile back. Our facial expressions also express sadness, anxiety, pain or fear. During this time of uncertainty, it is even more important that we …