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August 2020

Joint statement provides guidance for maintaining essential surgery during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note Four national organizations have released a joint statement on maintaining essential surgical procedures as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) reported on August 13. The joint statement from the ACS, American Society of Anesthesiologists, AORN, and American Hospital Association, provides a list of principles…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2020
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Prevalence of COVID-19 infection in New York State HCWs

Editor's Note This study of healthcare workers (HCWs) in a tertiary New York State hospital finds that the rate of COVID-19 infection in HCWs is lower than what has been reported for the general public in the region. Of 3,046 HCWs, 1,699 had antibody testing, 617 had RT-PCR testing, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 12, 2020
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Filtration efficiency of face masks used during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill evaluated 29 face masks for use by clinicians interacting with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic and  found that expired N95 respirators and sterilized, reused N95 respirators were acceptable alternatives when N95 respirators were not available. All other…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 11, 2020
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Risk of COVID-19 in front-line healthcare workers, general population

Editor's Note This study finds that front-line healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) had a three-fold increased risk of testing positive for COVID-19, compared to the general population. Those with inadequate PPE had a further increase in risk. The study also found that healthcare workers from Black, Asian,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 3, 2020
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Reduction of secondary COVID-19 transmission in households with face masks, disinfections, social distancing

Editor's Note This study reinforces the high risk of COVID-19 transmission in households and is the first to show the effectiveness of precautionary mask use, social distancing, and regular disinfection before the development of symptoms in the index case. There was no association between mask use after illness onset in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 28, 2020
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Mask-wearing mistakes to avoid

Editor's Note The protective value of masks depends on how they are used. If people are reckless about masking up or clumsy when handling or removing masks, they can put themselves and others at risk, the July 21 Livestrong reports. To get the most out of wearing face-coverings, it’s important…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 27, 2020
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Impact of self-imposed, government-imposed prevention measures on mitigating, delaying COVID-19 epidemic

Editor's Note Self-imposed prevention measures such as hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing as well as government-imposed social distancing can help mitigate and delay a COVID-19 epidemic, this study from The Netherlands finds. Researchers developed a computational model of the spread of COVID-19 based on known information about the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 23, 2020
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Nimble response required to combat COVID-19 surges

Spikes in coronavirus cases starting in late June threatened to overwhelm hospitals in several states. Utah is one such state, but steps previously taken at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City suggest the 23-hospital system will be able to manage a surge. Leaders at Inova Health System in Falls Church,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
July 22, 2020
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Investigation of COVID-19 nosocomial infections identifies close contact, not airborne transmission as cause

Editor's Note This investigation, by researchers at the University of California-Davis Medical Center, of the pattern of transmission of COVID-19 during two nosocomial outbreaks finds that close contact between patients and healthcare workers (HCWs) not airborne transmission was the cause of the outbreak. Two separate patients were admitted in February…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2020
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Joint Commission revises position statement on preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced June 24 that it has revised its position statement on preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections as healthcare organizations resume regular care delivery. The Joint Commission supports the following positions: Continuing to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for universal masking of staff, patients,…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 25, 2020
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