Reporting COVID-19 Vaccines

Angie Szumlinski News

For years, post-acute care providers have been required to document and report both pneumococcal and influenza vaccines administered within their centers. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed and administered to the majority of post-acute care centers around the country, there is an outcry from several lawmakers in DC to require nursing homes to disclose coronavirus vaccination rates for …

Eye Watching

Glaucoma and Cognitive Impairment

Angie Szumlinski News

In a recent article published in the British Journal of Opthalmology, research suggests an association between normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and dementia. They cited a study that investigated whether cognitive impairment is more strongly associated with NTG than high tension glaucoma (HTG) using cognitive screening within an Australian Glaucoma Disease Registry. There were 290 participants in the study who completed cognitive …

Double Masking

Angie Szumlinski News

Although global vaccination efforts against SARS-CoV-2 are underway, the public is urged to continue using face masks as a primary intervention to control transmission. Recently, US public health officials have also encouraged doubling masks as a strategy to counter elevated transmission associated with infectious SARS-CoV-2 variants. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigators reported that doubling masks increased effectiveness, but their …

COVID-19 – Congenital Heart Disease

Angie Szumlinski News

Adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) have been considered potentially high risk for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mortality or other complications. There is much uncertainty about what cardiac conditions merit inclusion under “high-risk.” In the absence of data, consensus recommendations for COVID-19 and CHD have been made based on sensible suppositions regarding at-risk subtypes, including a proposed risk stratification for …

COVID Data Tracker

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The CDC’s national genomic surveillance program identifies new and emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants to determine implications for COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, or vaccines authorized for use in the United States. Monitoring the spread of emerging variants in the United States relies on widespread, rapid sequencing. To accelerate sequencing in the United States, CDC has contracted with commercial diagnostic laboratories and, in partnership …

AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

The AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network, a partnership between AHRQ, the University of New Mexico’s ECHO Institute and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), provides free training and mentorship to nursing homes across the country to increase the implementation of evidence-based infection prevention and safety practices to protect residents and staff. Background In early Fall 2020, nearly …

Loneliness and Alzheimer’s Disease

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Loneliness has been linked to Alzheimer’s pathology and cognitive function among older adults, but little research has looked at loneliness as a dementia risk factor for younger people. In a study conducted at the Boston School of Medicine, being persistently lonely during midlife (ages 45-64) appears to make people more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) later in …

Nurse Work Schedules and Outcomes

Angie Szumlinski News

To manage nurse shortages and fluctuations in patient censuses, nurses often work overtime. This increase nurses’ work hours and causes them to have fewer breaks. Such extended work schedules, long shift length, long weekly work hours, and insufficient breaks can be considered adverse nurse work schedules. Understanding how these adverse nurse work schedules affect patient outcomes is important to ensure …

FDA News Release – Multiple Sclerosis

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On March 26, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the marketing of a new device indicated for use as a short-term treatment of gait deficit due to mild to moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS). The device is intended to be used by prescription only as an adjunct to a supervised therapeutic exercise program in patients 22 years …

Freshman 15 or COVID 19?

Angie Szumlinski News

Weight is a clinically relevant health outcome that is independently associated with all-causemortality. It is also a helpful proxy for physical activity, another measurement associated withall-cause mortality. In analyzing weight trends around initial “stay in place” (SIP) orders, therewas a significant increase in weight over the post-SIP period at a rate of roughly a pound and ahalf weight gain per …