A Growing Problem

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

Antibiotic resistant bacteria and C. difficile are a growing problem in healthcare. The large reservoir of MDRO and C. difficle found within nursing homes can become a source of transmission. Added to that, the population entering nursing homes have many risk factors which make them vulnerable to colonization and infection with these organisms. You can download our helpful inforgraphic that …

Restorative Nursing

Restorative Nursing: A Win-Win

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

A strong restorative services program can boost resident outcomes and independence. By Angie Szumlinski, LNHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT, BS and Erica Holman, BA, LMSW, LNHA, CDP At a local skilled nursing center, the administrator asks staff for assistance to enhance their restorative program. Fortunately, the center had both a therapy director and restorative nurse who expressed a desire to work together …

Root Cause Analysis

Angie Szumlinski Training

Creating a Fishbone Diagram A fishbone diagram is used to graphically display potential causes of a problem. The layout shows relationships between potential causes and is used in the analysis phase of event investigation. Instructions: Place the problem or outcome statement on the right side of the paper, half-way down; draw a horizontal line across the paper with an arrow …

man with chronic pain

New Data Shows Best Practices for Treatment of Chronic Pain in the Elderly

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

Resources for Integrated Care, a website dedicated to adults dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare, has released a new webinar to help participants identify common causes of pain among the elderly, utilize effective treatment, and help older adults self-manage pain in a healthy way. Ineffective treatment of this kind of constant pain often leads to serious health concerns for the …

Free Training from CDC: Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs

Angie Szumlinski Training

Are you involved in water safety for buildings? Take the new free training from CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce risk for Legionnaires’ disease. The training aligns with industry standards on managing risk for Legionella bacteria (ASHRAE 188). What Are the Benefits of This Training? The training: Outlines how to reduce risk for Legionella in facilities through water management programs. Helps water …

Upcoming Webinar – Early Identification of Sepsis in Nursing Facilities: Opportunities and Hurdles Webinar

Angie Szumlinski News, Training

Sepsis is a leading cause of hospital readmissions for nursing home residents, yet the early identification of sepsis in nursing homes remains a challenge. With limited research available, how might we begin to tackle this problem? Please join Christine LaRocca, MD and the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign to learn more about sepsis, who is at risk and the …