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Effect of household exposure on risk for COVID-19 infection in vaccinated HCWs

Editor's Note This Israeli study finds that exposure to COVID-19- positive household members was a risk factor associated with COVID-19 infection in vaccinated healthcare workers (HCWs). Of 171 HCWs analyzed, exposure to a positive household member was significantly more common among vaccinated HCWs who were COVID-19-positive (56%) than nonvaccinated HCWs…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2021
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Zimmer Biomet platform links with Apple Watch for postop patient care

Editor's Note Zimmer Biomet on August 31 presented data at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2021 annual meeting that highlighted the clinical value of its MyMobility platform with Apple Watch, the August 31 Mass Device reports. MyMobility is a remote care management platform that helps guide and support patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2021
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Racial, ethnic differences in COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among HCWs

Editor's Note This survey study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, finds that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy is high among healthcare workers (HCWs), and there are substantial differences in vaccine hesitancy by race and ethnicity. Of 10,871 surveyed—compared with White HCWs—vaccine hesitancy was increased: nearly five-fold among Black HCWs…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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Cleveland Clinic, UH CEOs concerned that COVID-19 vaccine mandates could lead to HCW shortages

Editor's Note CEOs of Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals (UH), Cleveland, say they are concerned that COVID-19 vaccine mandates could lead to healthcare worker (HCW), shortages, endangering patient care, the August 26 cleveland.com reports. Strict COVID-19 measures were keeping patients safe before the vaccines and are still doing the job,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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Higher postop VTE risk linked to COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at University Hospital Birmingham, UK, finds that COVID-19 is associated with a significantly increased risk of postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE). This analysis of more than 128,000 patients at 1,630 hospitals in 115 countries found that the likelihood of postoperative VTE was 50% higher…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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Nebraska governor orders hospitals to limit elective surgical procedures

Editor's Note On August 26, Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts announced multiple initiatives to increase bed capacity and boost hospital staffing in his state amid the latest wave of COVID-19, including a health measure to limit elective surgical procedures. He directed hospitals to cancel elective inpatient surgical procedures “that can wait…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 30, 2021
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Prevalence of COVID-19 antibodies in HCWs at an academic medical center

Editor's Note This study of healthcare workers (HCWs) at the University of Kentucky Healthcare in Lexington finds a low and similar antibody positivity rate between HCWs and patients. Of 322 HCWs, 5 were antibody positive for an overall rate of 1.55%. The antibody positivity rate of COVID-19 infected patients at…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2021
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New study shows how frequently COVID-19 spreads through households, impact on communities of color

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, finds that household crowding amplifies the spread of COVID-19, potentially contributing to the disproportionate impact on communities of color. Researchers followed 100 COVID-19-positive patients and 208 additional household members from April to October,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2021
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Survey: Most US teens, young adults want COVID-19 vaccination

Editor's Note This survey of young people aged 14-24 years by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, finds that most are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. Of 1,074 respondents: 74.6% are interested in getting vaccinated to protect themselves and return to normal 41.8% are concerned about adverse…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2021
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CDC: COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness diminished with rise of Delta variant

Editor's Note In this study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researches find that COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness in frontline workers diminished with the rise of the Delta variant. Effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines declined to 66% after the Delta variant became dominant, compared with 91% before its spread. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2021
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