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CDC, FDA release joint statement on COVID-19 boosters

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a joint statement on July 8 saying that fully vaccinated Americans do not need COVID-19 booster shots at this time. The statement says the CDC, FDA, and National Institutes of Health are engaged…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine mRNA not found in breast milk

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, found no vaccine-associated mRNA—the active components of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines—in breast milk samples collected 4 to 48 hours after COVID-19 vaccinations. Thirteen breast milk samples were collected from 7 breastfeeding women before vaccination and at…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2021
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ACS launches new breast cancer skills program

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) on July 9 announced a new breast cancer skills program for breast cancer patients. Patients have access to evidence-based knowledge, checklists, and skills training to support them from preoperative preparation through postoperative recovery. Given in advance of surgery, the ACS Surgical Skills…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 12, 2021
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Asymptomatic, symptomatic COVID-19 infections in HCWs before, after vaccination

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found a rapid and sustained decline in COVID-19 symptomatic and asymptomatic infections in healthcare workers (HCWs) after vaccination. Of 10,188 HCWs included in the study, 58% received a first dose within 2 weeks of when vaccinations started, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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More healthcare organizations mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees

Editor's Note Since listing the hospitals and health systems mandating COVID-19 vaccination for its employees on June 29 ( https://www.ormanager.com/briefs/growing-number-of-hospitals-healthcare-systems-mandating-covid-19-vaccinations-for-hcws/ ), Becker’s Hospital Review has added five more, bringing the number to 26. In chronological order, the five additional organizations that have added mandates as of July 8 are: Trinity Health, Livonia,…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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Hospitals not adequately prepared for future pandemics

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, finds that US hospitals may not be adequately prepared for future pandemics. The 10-year analysis found only marginal improvements in a measurement to assess preparedness—Hospital Medical Surge Preparedness Index (HMSPI)—during the years leading up…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 8, 2021
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Study: Hospital nurse staffing standards save lives, lower costs

Editor's Note This study led by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, finds that establishing safe nurse staffing standards in hospitals in Chile could save lives, prevent readmissions, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs. The researchers collected data from 1,652 nurses practicing in…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2021
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Healthcare employment down in June

Editor's Note Overall healthcare employment in the US was down in June to a seasonally adjusted 15,954,500 workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on July 2. That’s down 12,200 since May. Hospital employment was down 5,500 jobs. The overall unemployment rate rose to 5.9%.

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By: Judy Mathias
July 7, 2021
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Carbon dioxide levels in children with, without face masks

Editor's Note This randomized controlled clinical trial led by German researchers finds a concern of mask-wearing causing hypercapnia (excessive carbon dioxide in the bloodstream) in children. In this analysis of 45 children, carbon dioxide levels were measured at baseline without a face mask and during inhalation and exhalation under surgical…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 6, 2021
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Utility of COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic patients before ambulatory, inpatient surgical procedures

Editor's Note In this study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, mass COVID-19 preprocedure testing detected positive asymptomatic patients who were missed by clinical screening alone. The median test turnaround time was 7.8 hours. Of 75, 528 preprocedure tests performed: 318 (0.4%) patients tested positive…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 1, 2021
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