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 …

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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 …

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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 …

Fall Related Deaths Increasing, Improved Advice for OAs Needed

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A new study suggests that typical fall prevention advice for seniors is mostly ineffective. Almost three times as many adults aged 75 years and older died from falls in 2016 than in 2000 (25,189 people in 2016 compared to 8613 in 2000) (Journal of the American Medical Association). Experts suggest a more personalized approach to fall prevention as well as …

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Burnout – Are You Falling Prey?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A lot has been said about “burn-out” over the years and many studies have been inconclusive regarding how burn-out may impact resident care and safety. In a recent study[1] several interesting outcomes were observed. The study describes burnout in part as a disorder that is directly related to workplace conditions due to the occupational stress health and education workers are …

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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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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 …