To Vaccinate or Not – The Million Dollar Question!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study, Health, Studies

The results in a poll conducted by the Yahoo News/YouGov on July 28-30 show the lowest percentage of “yes” answers to the question “If and when a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, will you get vaccinated” since the poll started. In fact, the “yes” percentages went from: 55% in early May 50% in late May and 46% in early July. That …

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Transmission of SARS – Linked to Dialysis?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

On August 11, 2020, a report “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Involving Residents Receiving Dialysis in a Nursing Home – Maryland, April 2020” was posted online as an MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Early Release. Residents of long-term care facilities have high COVID-19 associated morbidity and mortality. More information is needed about SARS-CoV-2 introduction and transmission in nursing homes. An investigation …

WHO – Addressing Airborne COVID-19 Transmission

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

The World Health Organization (WHO) is preparing a scientific brief to address continually emerging evidence on transmission of COVID-19 and says that airborne transmission of the virus can occur in health care settings where specific medical procedures, called aerosol-generating procedures, generate very small droplets called aerosols. Some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol …

Warp Speed?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a transcript published in Medscape on August 10, 2020, Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., the director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine, discussed the “warp speed” plan for developing a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Dr. Caplan discusses the process of FDA approval for vaccines and indicates that approval can …

Tango Anyone?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

I remember as a young child my parents would dance the “Tango” and I thought it was funny. As I got older I thought it was cute that they could still dance together and not step on each other’s feet! The Argentine Tango is a partnered dance focused on walking and balance dynamics. Partners learn correct posture and the ability …

OIG – Yes – They Are Looking!

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Studies

Nurse staffing is a key contributor to the quality of care provided in nursing homes. A review conducted by the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) prior to COVID-19 pandemic, focused on staffing data from 2018 and was posted on 8-3-2020. Now, with the 2020 pandemic, it becomes more obvious that adequate staffing for nursing homes is critical as inadequate …

Shingles Vaccine and Stroke Risk

Angie Szumlinski Studies

The CDC recently released information that seniors receiving the shingles vaccine decrease their risk of stroke by up to 20%! That’s pretty impressive when you figure most strokes occur in seniors versus younger adults and that a simple vaccine may make a difference! What their study showed was: Receiving the shingles vaccine lowered the risk of stroke by about 16% …

Rapid Antigen Testing – Negative Implications?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In an article published on July 27, 2020 in the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, they identified a reason for concern with the rapid COVID-19 tests being used in our long-term care facilities. In about 15% of tests being performed using the rapid antigen test, 15% of infected people are given a false negative result. Yes, these tests …

Policy Recommendations – COVID-19 – JAMDA – New York Experiences

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a document posted online on June 1, 2020, a group of physicians provided policy recommendations for managing COVID-19. These recommendations include screening, protection of staff, screening of residents, management of COVID-19 positive and presumed positive cases, communication during an outbreak, management of admissions and readmissions and providing emotional support for staff. These consensus guidelines have been endorsed by the …

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Post-COVID-19 Recovery

Angie Szumlinski Studies

As many parts of the country are experiencing increased numbers of COVID cases, there are many people who are recovering from the virus. Our attention has been on identifying symptoms of active disease, as it should be; however the story doesn’t end there! As patients begin the recovery phase, many are experiencing ongoing symptoms from the virus. These symptoms include …