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  • Preventing the Flu in Patients Starts with Vaccinated Employees

    February 07, 2012
    By Ryan Squire tags: Flu, Infection, Infection Prevention, Prevention

    It’s been a mild winter for most of the U.S. With this year’s spring-like temperatures, many people may believe that flu season is already behind us. But flu season actually runs through March 31, so we still need to be vigilant about protecting our patients from influenza.

    Kathy Silliman, RN, Clinical Program Developer in Kindred Healthcare’s Nursing Center Division, offers the following tips for preventing influenza outbreaks:

    Be aware of potential outbreaks in your area. “Every year at the beginning of flu season, we send out notifications to all of our centers about what’s happening in the influenza arena,” says Silliman. “If there’s an outbreak in a particular state, we’ll send a separate warning to all of our facilities in that state.”

    Prevent the flu - get vaccinated!

    Cough and Handwashing Poster

    Kindred Hand Washing Flyer

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    Cardio-Pulmonary Clinical Impact Symposium Provided Information and Inspiration

    January 30, 2012
    By Ryan Squire

    The 2011 Clinical Impact Symposium Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Across the Continuum, held December 6-8 in Louisville, Ky., offered some great information on providing patients the highest level of care.

    “The clinical guidelines for long-term care and rehabilitation have evolved gradually and changed considerably over the last several years,” he says. “Skilled nursing facilities have sometimes lagged behind. Dr. Pandya provided some easy-to-follow instructions and tools that will help those facilities to better manage their patients with diabetes.”

    Sean Muldoon, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Hospital Division, Kindred Healthcare, says that the “hazards of immobility that lead to polymyoneuropathy” theme was a common one during several of the sessions. “This validates the Kindred model of integrated restorative services, which will lead staff to update these findings with renewed determination into hospital care models,” he says.

    Daniel Forman, MD, FACC, FAHADaniel Forman, MD, FACC, FAHA

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    Southern Utah Home Care and Hospice Earns 2011 Healthlnsight Quality Award for Excellence in Patient Care

    January 28, 2012

    for demonstrating high quality health care and excellence in performance on publicly reported quality of care measures. Healthlnsight, a private, non-profit community based organization dedicated to improving the health and healthcare of Nevada, New Mexico and Utah, sponsors the award.

    The HealthInsight Quality Award acknowledges home health agencies that are actively engaged in advancing care in one or more of the following areas:

    The clinical topics measured for the awards have been designated as national healthcare priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    HealthInsight commends Southern Utah Home Care & for its commitment to excellence in improving patient care,” said Marc Bennett, President and CEO of Healthlnsight.

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    Successful Activities Program Keeps Residents Active

    January 26, 2012
    By Ryan Squire tags: Activities

    With the spotlight on activity professionals during Activities Professionals Week on Jan. 22-28, we asked Emilee Kulin and John Davis of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley to share the story of their highly successful activities program.

    Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.Del and Elsie Houck celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Jan. 16 at Mountain Valley Care and Rehab in Kellogg. Elsie is a resident at our facility. They enjoyed a catered prawn dinner from the Broken Wheel, their favorite restaurant.

    Kulin, the activities director, says that the residents at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – Mountain Valley come from a small rural community of people who worked as miners, loggers, or in recreation fields. “Our residents are used to being active” she says, “so we try to give them activities that will fit that lifestyle. We have Tuesday night poker games, bingo, dominoes and happy hour. On Friday nights, we have a band that plays from 6:30 to 8:30.”

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    Physiologic Insulin Therapy, The New Best Practice Part 1

    January 04, 2012

    There has always been a struggle in the management of patients with diabetes. How do we reach A1c goals of less than 7% and at the same time avoid hypoglycemia? Are we allowing fear of hypoglycemia let us get too comfortable with hyperglycemia? Most protocols for managing high blood sugars require contacting prescribers when glucose levels exceed 300 or even 400mg/dl. Since symptomatic hyperglycemia starts at glucose levels of 180mg/dl, allowing blood sugars to elevate to such levels proves the point that we are too comfortable with hyperglycemia. On the other hand, no one would suggest a prescriber be contacted every time blood sugars are above 180mg/dl.

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    Bessie: A Seamless Recovery Across the Continuum of Care

    December 28, 2011

    Kindred’s presence across the post-acute spectrum of care means that our patients can recover as fully as possible in the proper care setting. Bessie’s story is a good example. She was living comfortable at home in Jeffersonville, Indiana, and using a Bi-PAP machine when she developed respiratory distress.

    On January 3, she was admitted to a short-term acute care hospital. There she was placed on a ventilator and underwent a tracheostomy. She also developed pneumonia, renal dysfunction and hypertension. Because she was unable to wean from the ventilator, Bessie’s physician chose to transfer her to Kindred Hospital Louisville for continued care.

    At Kindred Hospital Louisville, Bessie was successfully weaned from the ventilator. She recovered from her pneumonia  and her renal function improved significantly. By this point Bessie had gained strength with the help of physical, speech and occupational therapy, but her recovery was not complete.

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    Your Most Important 30 Minutes Today

    December 16, 2011
    By Ryan Squire

    We found this video on YouTube and thought that it did a great job summing up one of the most important themes of the 2011 Clinical Impact Symposium on Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation across the Continuum. We would like you to share what you do in the most important 30 minutes you take for yourself today; you never know, you may inspire another reader with a unique way you stay active. Just add your thoughts in the comments.

    23 1/2 hours, What is the single best thing we can do for our health?!

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    Taking Care of Yourself, the Healthcare Provider

    December 08, 2011
    By Ryan Squire

    Kara Mohr, PhD, FACSMKara Mohr, PhD, FACSM

    Chris Mohr, PhD, RD, CSSDChris Mohr, PhD, RD, CSSD

    Kara and Chris started off by comparing the importance of taking care of yourself as a healthcare provider to putting your oxygen mask on first before helping someone.

    "Someday Isle" is the idea that we put off doing things that are better for us until someday, and in the meantime we are comfortable with the idea that someday we will do those things.

    30.1% of people in Kentucky do zero exercise each week and the Mohr's have heard and seen all of the reasons, they shared one of their favorites:

    The Mohr's challenged attendees to consider that exercise and strength training makes us happier and more able to care for our patients, friends and family.

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    December 08, 2011
    By Ryan Squire

    Visceral adipose tissue or VAT fat was the target of Sharon Himmelstein's opening remarks, and for good reason: VAT fat releases chemicals that enter the liver and lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Himmelstein explained that the amount of VAT is an indicator for diabetes.

    The leading reasons for the spike in VAT in the world population is the change in eating habits over the last few decades. Convenience, advertising, erratic eating, and over eating have lead to VAT levels to shoot up.

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    Quality Measures

    December 08, 2011
    By Ryan Squire

    Matt Sivret and Sally Brooks, MD addressed why outcomes matter greatly to Kindred Healthcare, measuring our organizational success through patient success, how to address outcomes across the continuum and why outcomes matter to our customers. Matt started by identifying the top seven reasons why outcomes matter:

    Matt SivretMatt Sivret

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