December 2020 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: December 2020

Hardest trial ahead for SNFs

Providers are now about halfway through what likely will be the most dangerous stage of the coronavirus crisis and must remain strictly vigilant, the former head of the Food and Drug Administration warned operators.

Time to write a ‘new playbook,’ Sloan says

Long-term care providers must take charge of their own future and become “catalysts of change” for a better life beyond the coronavirus public health crisis, LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan declared during her group’s online annual meeting and expo in November.

Alzheimer’s blood test here

A new blood test that can detect the presence of Alzheimer’s brain plaques became the first to hit the commercial market on a wide scale in late October, according to developer C2N Diagnostics.

Outbreak risks connected to shared bedrooms, bathrooms

Nursing homes that utilize shared rooms and bathrooms for residents are at a higher risk of experiencing larger and more deadly COVID-19 outbreaks than facilities that house residents mostly in private rooms, a study, whose results appered in the November issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, found.

New arthritis rules: minimize steroid use

The American College of Rheumatology previewed its 2020 Guideline for the Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis in November. New recommendations encourage a step back from steroid use and a move toward biologic and synthetic therapies.

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