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March 2021

ECRI: More than half of disposable gowns tested don’t meet protection standards

Editor's Note A new analysis by ECRI shows that 52% of the disposable isolation gowns it tested failed to meet standard levels of protection, putting healthcare workers at risk of exposure to bloodborne or other pathogens as well as COVID-19. ECRI announced November 10 that it has issued a high-priority…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2020
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Hospital floors are hotspots for healthcare-associated pathogens

Editor's Note Healthcare-associated pathogens rapidly accumulate on the floors of patient rooms and can be transferred to patients’ socks, bedding, and high-touch surfaces, finds this study published November 2 as part of the proceedings from Decennial 2020: The Sixth International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections. Researchers from the Northeast Ohio VA…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2020
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Effect of elective surgery cancellation on ICU capacity in New York State

Editor's Note Suspension of elective surgical procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State had only a minor effect on ICU capacity, this study finds. State authorities suspended all elective surgical procedures in mid-March 2020 to increase hospital and ICU bed capacity. However, the effect of canceling…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2020
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Eight hospitals postponing elective surgery in response to COVID-19 resurgence

Editor's Note Hospitals nationwide are beginning once again to suspend elective surgical procedures in response to an increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the October 30 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The following eight hospitals are postponing or canceling surgical procedures to free up bed capacity, ensure staffing, or to make sure…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2020
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Air, environmental sampling for COVID-19 around hospitalized patients

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the department of microbiology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, found that COVID-19 RNA [ribonucleic acid] was not detectable by air samplers, suggesting that the airborne route is not the predominant mode of transmission. The researchers sampled air close to six asymptomatic and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 29, 2020
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COVID-19 in a correctional facility officer after multiple brief exposures to infected persons

Editor's Note In this study from the Vermont Departments of Health and Corrections and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an officer at a correctional facility in Vermont was found to test positive for the COVID-19 virus on August 11 after multiple brief exposures to six infected incarcerated…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2020
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CDC updates definition of ‘close contact’

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on October 21 updated its COVID-19 “close contact” definition to being “within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period,” even if the time isn’t consecutive. The previous definition…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2020
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Study finds routine COVID-19 screening of HCWs unnecessary

Editor's Note Researchers at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan, studied the COVID-19 positivity rate of asymptomatic healthcare workers (HCWs) in a 283-bed teaching hospital, and they to conclude that routine testing of HCWs is unnecessary. To effectively cohort patients,…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 22, 2020
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Reprocessing N95 masks with hydrogen peroxide vapor

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers from Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, Houston, is the first to use hydrogen peroxide vapor (HPV) technology on a large scale to reprocess N95 masks in a healthcare system. The researchers were able to recapture and reprocess 29,706 N95 masks using HPV, with…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 22, 2020
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Faulty bronchoscope reprocessing raises risks of infection transmission

Preventing infection transmission has been a chief concern of healthcare leaders and staff striving to protect their patients and themselves from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus poses an insidious threat that includes the possibility of bronchoscopy-associated transmission of COVID-19. Long before the pandemic, epidemiologist and researcher Cori…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 21, 2020
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