AHCA, NCAL Letter to HHS Requests Immediate Release of Funds

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​​COVID-19 and the recent explosion of the Delta variant continue to impact thousands of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities across the country, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living told Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra in a letter this week. The association is requesting that remaining resources in the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) be …

OSHA cites medical facility, staffing agency over COVID-19 hazards

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday said it cited a medical facility and a temporary staffing agency for failing to ensure the safety and health of nurses giving flu shots and COVID-19 tests. In a statement, OSHA said an investigation into Lakewood Resource and Referral Center Inc. earlier this year found that the Lakewood, New Jersey-based facility …

Certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP Machines Recalled Due to Potential Health Risks

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting people who use Philips Respironics ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines and their health care providers that Philips Respironics has recalled certain devices due to potential health risks. The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially …

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AAPACN Article on Elopement

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If you are a member of The American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN), check out their website for the article Elopement Prevention Starts With Risk Assessment and Care Planning and read Angie’s thoughts on elopement prevention. This article is member-only content.

AHCA/NCAL Issues Policy Statement Regarding COVID-19 Vaccinations of Long Term Care Personnel

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To protect all residents, staff and others in our communities from the known and substantial risks of COVID-19, AHCA/NCAL strongly urges the vaccination of all health care personnel. COVID-19 vaccines protect health care personnel when working both in health care facilities and in the community. They provide strong protection against workers unintentionally carrying the disease to work and spreading it …

Wounds – Assessment of Risk

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Anyone who provides care for frail elderly patients understands the inherent risk of skin integrity issues. Sadly, as we age, our skin also ages, losing elasticity, muscle, adipose tissue, etc. which can increase the risk of developing pressure injuries. Pretty much since the beginning of time, the Braden scale has been used to assess a resident’s risk of developing a …

CDC COVID-19 Forecasts: New and Total Deaths

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This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next 4 weeks, with 1,200 to 5,300 new deaths likely reported in the week ending August 14, 2021. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 615,000 to 625,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.