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CDC Issues Warning About Candida Auris

Angie Szumlinski News

Candida auris is an emerging fungus that presents a serious global health threat. Healthcare facilities in several countries have reported that a type of yeast called Candida auris has been causing severe illness in hospitalized patients. In some patients, this yeast can enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body, causing serious invasive infections. This yeast often does not respond to commonly used antifungal drugs, …

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Is Acetaminophen Safe for Older Diabetic Patients?

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Acetaminophen is one of the most widely used analgesic drugs today. It is judged safe by the scientific community at large, but is also one of the most commonly overdosed drugs and the most common cause for drug‐induced hepatic failure. In order to challenge the results of recent studies that have suggested a relationship between therapeutic dosage of acetaminophen and …

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10 Years and $36 Billion Later: How Electronic Health Records Have Failed Us

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A study by Kaiser Health News and Fortune Magazine collaborated on a three month investigation into electronic health records in America. Here are the 5 key takeaways: Patient harm: Electronic health records have created a host of risks to patient safety. Alarming reports of deaths, serious injuries and near misses — thousands of them — tied to software glitches, user errors …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

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CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

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March Madness in Nebraska!

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KIMBALL NEBRASKA – Located in the panhandle of Western Nebraska, Kimball began receiving Winter Storm Warning alerts from the National Weather Service on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Kimball County Manor had precautionary measures in place, which undoubtedly assisted in their ability to continue to provide care for their residents. The National Weather Service predicted the storm would begin at midnight …

AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

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AHRQ sponsored the development of the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture in response to requests for a survey in this setting. This survey is designed specifically for nursing home providers and other staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety and healthcare quality in their nursing home. Access the survey and other materials HERE.

Interview with 2019 AGS Beers Criteria panel member

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In an interview with Dr. Nicole J. Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP, Annals of Long-Term Care discussed the latest updates to the 2019 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. Dr. Brandt helped decide the new 2019 update and, in this interview, explains how the panel identified the medication or medication classes added to the list …

2019 AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture is Available

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed this survey to assess safety culture in long-term care facilities. This year’s survey found positive results in “Overall Perceptions of Resident Safety” and “Feedback and Communication About Incidents” but revealed areas of improvement in “Staffing” and “Communication Openness”. A link to the full report can be downloaded HERE. An Executive Summary can …