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Participate in survey on effects of COVID-19 on evacuation of surgical smoke

Editor's Note Please participate in an important nationwide perioperative survey on surgical smoke evacuation. The purpose of the research led by Brenda Ulmer MN, RN, CNOR, is to determine evacuation behaviors in hospitals before COVID-19, and then note changes as the virus continued to spread in the US. Ulmer and…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2021
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Study reveals why elderly, those with preexisting conditions are more susceptible to COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, reveals the cellular mechanism behind why the elderly and patients with preexisting conditions are at higher risk of infection, severe side effects, and death from COVID-19. The researchers detail their discovery that circulating levels of a protein called…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 9, 2021
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ACS: Hospitals sustained huge financial losses during COVID-19 because of postponed elective surgery

Editor's Note Two studies presented at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress 2021 find that postponement of elective surgical procedures from March to May 2020 because of COVID-19 disrupted surgical care at US hospitals and took away a large portion of hospitals’ total income. Results of one study…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2021
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Study: Impact of virtual school on COVID-19 community incidence, mortality

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at the University of Utah Health, Salt Lake City, and the VA Boston Healthcare System, finds no difference in COVID-19 rates between counties where school was held in-person and those that had virtual school, except in the South. Researchers analyzed data from 895…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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CDC recommends Pfizer/BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccine

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on November 2, recommended broad use of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. Distribution of the vaccine to clinics, children’s hospitals, and pediatricians’ offices across the country have started, with plans to scale up to full…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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Durability of antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination in HCWs with, without prior infection

Editor's Note This study from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, finds that healthcare workers (HCWs) with prior COVID-19 infection followed by 2 doses of an mRNA vaccine developed higher spike antibody measurements than HCWs with vaccination alone. Of 1,960 HCWs analyzed, 73 (3.7%) had evidence of previous COVID-19 infection. Among those,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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CMS: COVID-19 vaccine mandates for Medicare providers

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), on Novermber 4, released regulations that will require Medicare-participating providers to ensure their staff members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. CMS says: “Facilities covered by this regulation must establish a policy ensuring all eligible staff have received the first dose…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 4, 2021
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No association of COVID-19 with meeting time-to-surgery benchmarks for orthopedic trauma patients

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, finds that despite the challenges associated with COVID-19, many US hospital systems were able to implement strategies in keeping with time-to-surgery standards for orthopedic trauma patients. Of 3,589 patients from 20 sites in the US and…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2021
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COVID-19 infection of the inner ear may be responsible for hearing and balance problems

Editor's Note This study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, finds that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can infect cells of the inner ear, including hair cells, which are critical for hearing and balance. A series of 10 COVID-19 patients with audiovestibular symptoms, such as…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 1, 2021
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Association between virtual care and healthcare utilization during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that the transition to incorporate virtual care into ambulatory healthcare during COVID-19 was not associated with an increased overall number of visits. The researchers identified 10,559,857 ambulatory visits by 1,530,772 patients at their large New…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 28, 2021
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