Looking Beyond the Numbers to See Pandemic’s Effect on NH Residents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

“Nursing homes throughout the United States have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with many perceptions and misperceptions but little documentation about what has happened on a day-by-day basis to residents in these facilities.  A study from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine research scientists is one of the first to describe and identify patterns in the course of COVID-19 in the typically frail individuals who reside in nursing homes.  Much has been written about number of deaths, vaccine uptake and other topics related to the impact of COVID on nursing homes, yet prior to the Regenstrief-IU School of Medicine study, there has been little known about how the disease has clinically affected individuals residing in nursing homes.  A full understanding of the disease burden and trajectories of COVID-19 in nursing home residents – those who died and those who survived COVID – will aid medical and public health professionals immediately, will help them prepare for outbreaks of variants and may inform efforts to confront outbreaks of other diseases.”

The Regenstrief study made the news on July 13, 2021.

The 7-page paper COVID-19 Disease Trajectories Among Nursing Home Residents was published online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

I encourage you to review and share this paper with your colleagues.  It’s an important read.