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By Luwana Walton, RN Gayco Nurse Consultant COVID-19 has changed the way we are relating to nature. Social distancing has moved us to “The Great Outdoor” spaces. COVID-19 has gotten a lot of people to stop and really pay attention to what’s going on outside their windows. Seeing flowers bloom they have never noticed before,…
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UPDATE: 4/11/2022 3:51pm SmartFile services are partially restored. You may now access any data from SmartFile uploaded at the time of the outage. Performance may be slower than usual. 4/11/2022 10:50am This message is to notify you that our sFTP vendor, SmartFile, is temporarily down. SmartFile is where you can find any PHI that you…
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By Matthew Burnette, PharmD, Gayco Director of Clinical Operations and Consultant Pharmacist Crushing or opening medications for administration, is a practice affecting many residents across all long-term care settings. This practice is performed during the medication pass and occurs when the facility employee takes a tablet or capsule and crushes or opens that medication to…
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By Michael Glenn, R.Ph. CGP Gayco Healthcare Consultant Pharmacist Diabetes is one of the most common diseases in the world and a constant issue in our facilities.    Diabetes is a metabolic disease involving inappropriately elevated glucose levels due to defective insulin secretions or an inadequate response to the effects of insulin in decreasing glucose levels.  …
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by Ashley Gay, PharmD A Gayco Healthcare Pharmacist Consultant Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are common in older adults. ADR risk increases with age-related changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, increasing burden of comorbidity, polypharmacy, inappropriate prescribing, and suboptimal monitoring of drugs. Falls, orthostatic hypotension, delirium, renal failure, gastrointestinal and intracranial bleeding are the most common. Common…
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12/22/2021 Gayco Healthcare was proud to announce the Employee of the Year on Wednesday, December 22nd at the annual employee Christmas lunch. The 2021 year had four great candidates for this much-heralded award. The candidates were, quarter one Donna Barwick, billing, quarter two Jamey Sharpe, information technology, quarter three Precious Scott, customer care, and quarter…
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LET’S GEL IN AND GEL OUT!!! By Kim Stanton, R.N. Gayco Nurse Consultant December is National Handwashing month, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of hand hygiene. We all know as healthcare workers, that the easiest way to prevent disease transmission is through hand hygiene. Hand hygiene is…
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By Luwana Walton, RN Gayco Nurse Consultant The COVID-19 vaccine mandate requiring nursing homes to vaccinate their staff against COVID-19 or risk losing Medicare and Medicaid funding has arrived and with it, a large percentage of nursing staff stating they will not be vaccinated has left and will continue to leave facilities, short-staffed, to the…
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By Tom Jeter, BS Pharm., R.Ph., Director of Clinical Services Recently President Biden’s administration has recommended that all Americans should receive a third dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine eight months after their second dose, starting as soon as Sept. 20. With that word, there has been much concern that something is wrong, but…
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Written by: Matthew Burnette, PharmD | Director of Clinical Operations In the last few years, there have been a number of generic medications released on the market under a different name than the brand but not the chemical name. This can lead to confusion for nursing and medication technicians that administer these drugs in the…
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