Senior Woman

Depression – Another Reason to Take It Seriously

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Depression has long been known to cause negative outcomes for our seniors and many suffer in silence, never seeking the support and assistance they need. As caregivers we often identify depression in our residents; however, many families will deny it is an issue and refuse psychiatric evaluations. Sure, depression is a mental illness however it is one of the most …

Blue Light and Health

Angie Szumlinski Health

Researchers have known for a while that blue light has benefits over traditional white lighting for improved circadian rhythms. Studies have also concluded that blue light boosts alertness and cognitive function as well as elevating mood. An Australian lighting company (Versalux Lighting Systems and Monash University) recently unveiled a new lighting system that allows facility operators to customize blue light …

Elderly woman in hospital bed

Stay a Little Longer, Get a Little Stronger? Maybe Not!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News, Studies

A recent article published in McKnights Long-Term Care News, referenced a study performed at the University of Michigan on the impact on resident outcomes with longer stays in post-acute care centers. The study indicates that The researcher recommends that post-acute care providers be “really judicious with the volume of services they provide and conclusive of which of the post-acute care …

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Omissions of Care and Adverse Events in Post-Acute Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Omissions of care (OOCs) in nursing homes contribute to nearly 60% of all adverse events experienced by residents. However, researchers and clinicians have yet to develop a concise definition of OOCs with a particular focus on their causes and consequences. Without such a definition, assessing and preventing OOCs in nursing homes to improve resident outcomes is challenging. The Agency for …

Post-Fall Huddles – Is Your Team Engaged?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

We have all heard about, talked about or participated in post-fall huddles hoping to improve outcomes for our residents. A recent study conducted by BMC Health Services has identified that post-fall huddles may reduce the risk of repeat falls. Staff who participate in post-fall huddles are likely to have positive perceptions of teamwork support for fall-risk reduction and safety culture …

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Urinary Antigen Testing Can Help Improve Antibiotic Stewardship

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Only 15.5 percent of adult patients with pneumonia received pneumococcal urinary antigen testing (UAT), a useful tool that, when it yields positive findings, can help physicians reduce the time that patients in stable condition need to take broad-spectrum antibiotics, according to an AHRQ study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The researchers used data from a national discharge hospital database over a …

Frailty and falls in the elderly

Efficacy of Hip Protectors

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Not too long ago, hip protectors were introduced to the post-acute care network. At first, everyone thought it was a novel idea and many of our centers purchased them for their at-risk residents. Unfortunately, they seemed to be “bulky”, “burdensome to put on”, expensive and staff tended to be non-compliant with using them. Well, all of this may be true …

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Pain Management

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Have you ever experienced pain, gone to the doctor’s office and received pain medications? Well, we all know that we are experiencing an opioid crisis today and mainly due to the over-use of pain medications. True story, a family member had some minor, outpatient procedure performed and was discharged with a prescription for pain medications. Yep, an opioid! Fortunately, it …

Family visiting grandfather in nursing home

Patient and Family Engagement – Approach to Safety

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Engaged families and residents are happier families and residents, and now we may have more insight as to “why” that is! A study recently released by Patient Safety Network (psnet.ahrq.gov) identifies that when families and patients are engaged and involved with the overall care of their loved one, safety improves! Barriers to effective engagement include limited patient/family knowledge, poor communication …

Statins and Dementia – Connection?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will help determine if statin use can prevent dementia and disability in those patients 75 years or older. It has long been said that the side effects of statins often outweigh the benefits (muscle pain, weakness, etc.). Maybe now we can contribute something positive to this important medication and weigh …