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COVID-19

While waiting for the vaccine cavalry, add to your army of disinfection tools

As we reexamine safety protocols to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care, one building system getting a closer look is ventilation. Some LTC facilities managers now realize that the air filtration systems in their buildings do not adequately remove pathogens.  Installed filters typically have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, of…

COVID-19 pandemic has lowered life expectancy by more than a year, new study finds

The average U.S. life expectancy saw its largest drop in at least 40 years in 2020, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers from the University of Southern California and Princeton University now project that life expectancy decreased by 1.13 years in 2020, bringing it to 77.48 years, after the coronavirus took the lives of more than 300,000 Americans.

Clinical briefs for Thursday, Jan. 14

Spanish judge orders that nursing home resident get coronavirus vaccine … Nearly 25% of first-round vaccine doses administered in long-term care … J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine expected to show over 80% effectiveness, expert says … States most vulnerable to virus are falling behind in vaccinations … Feds vaccine prioritization program could use a fix, experts say…

It’s time for full transparency

I threw down the gauntlet for the nursing home industry to focus on clinical care two years ago.   I warned that in the spring of 2020, providers would “start to hurt because the cost of caring will hit the P&L.” I then wrote an article on the critical importance of the leadership team, saying, “In…

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