Strategies to Improve Vaccination Rates in Nursing Home Staff:

Vaccines for COVID-19 have been approved and available in the United States since the FDA approval for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine on December 11th, 2021. Since this date, vaccination efforts have continued and been aimed at ensuring that the highest risk individuals have access to vaccines to be able to …

New Florida Senate Bill to Have Large Impact on Nursing Home Staffing if Passed

Republican Senator Ben Albritton recently filed a bill in the Florida Senate that seeks to change the landscape of care currently being received by residents of Florida’s long-term care and skilled nursing facilities. SB 804 will call for a shift in the nursing home staff, which would lessen the requirements for certified nursing assistants (CNAs) …

Long-Term Care, Residential Facilities, and COVID-19: An Overview of Federal and State Policy Responses

This article summarizes various federal and state policies enacted across the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As nursing homes house less than 1% of the population in the United States but accounted for more than 40% of COVID-19 related deaths, new policies were necessary. Federally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

Efficacy and Safety of High-Dose Influenza Vaccine in Elderly Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

In this article, the safety and efficacy of the standard dose influenza vaccine and the high dose influenza vaccine were compared. Randomized controlled trials were reviewed from Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, clinicaltrials.gov, gray literature, and reference lists. The trials were reviewed independently by two different reviewers and the Cochrane Risk of Bias tool was utilized …

2 Daily Servings of Fruit Lowers Diabetes Risk By 36 Percent: Study.

Remember the old saying? “An apple a day saves you a trip to the doctor!” it turns out that according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the assertion might be truthful after all. Researchers at the Institute of Nutritional Research, Edith Cowan University in Australia, investigated the five-year prevalence …

Efficacy and safety of bempedoic acid added to ezetimibe in statin-intolerant patients with hypercholesterolemia

Picture: https://www.everydayhealth.com/high-cholesterol/living-with/experts-how-does-stress-contribute-to-cholesterol/ Article: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29910030/ https://www.atherosclerosis-journal.com/article/S0021-9150(18)30309-5/fulltext   Statin therapy is warranted when patients have high lipid levels (total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL). People with high LDL cholesterol have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, statin therapy may come with a multitude of side effects including muscle pain, liver damage, and many food/drug interactions. Patients …

Exercise has key benefits for patients with dementia

While many focus on the cognitive effects of dementia, there are also prominent physical changes. The most notably changes being in gait, balance, coordination, proprioception, and vision. Often, staff wish to preserve the safety of patients with dementia by limiting their independent mobility and ambulation, but are we truly protecting these individuals?    Randomized controlled …