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Hand Hygiene and the Imperial March

Hand Hygiene and the Imperial March

Hand Hygiene seems so simple. You wash your hands for 20 seconds, you sing “Happy Birthday” twice.  (Or for you Star Wars fans, check out Doc Vader’s suggestion)   But do you know what CMS surveyors are actually looking for when it comes to hand hygiene? Not only...
Fundamentals of Visitor Entry

Fundamentals of Visitor Entry

As we have attempted to keep COVID out of our facilities, we have had to take some drastic measures. Residents deserve to have their loved ones come visit, yet it has been a difficult, delicate process to allow for this important part of the residents and their...
Real World Example: How Funding Helps Underserved Communities

Real World Example: How Funding Helps Underserved Communities

The article Apple PPE donation helps Zambia in the fight against COVID-19 and HIV showcases how big funding can help improve health conditions in underserved communities. Around 12.3% of individuals living in Zambia have HIV and require lifelong use of antiretroviral...
WE ARE ALL SHORT ON PPE: WHEN AND HOW TO SAFELY RESUSE

WE ARE ALL SHORT ON PPE: WHEN AND HOW TO SAFELY RESUSE

While it is critical that every nursing home and assisted living facility community receive the necessary PPE to fight off this virus and other co-infections, I realize that too often this is just not the reality of the situation. We have gone from using PPE in a...

State Surveys During Covid-19: What You Need to Know

From February to August this year, CMS issued 18 sets of guidelines for long-term care facilities (LTCFs) to help combat the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Everywhere I go, I hear the same message. LTCFs struggling to keep up with the changes and then the...