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Study: Post COVID-19 neuroinflammation with persistent depressive, cognitive symptoms

Editor's Note This Canadian study finds that translocator protein distribution volume (TSPO Vt) an index of brain gliosis (ie, an inflammatory change) was higher in COVID-19 patients with persistent depressive and cognitive symptoms (COVID-DC). Researchers compared TSPO Vt of specific regions of the brain in 20 participants with COVID-DC and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2023
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Nursing students learn to deal with patient deaths through simulations

Editor's Note Patient death simulation training is now part of the University at Buffalo School of Nursing’s required curriculum, the June 5 UBNow reports. Students says the way they approach patient death has changed, and they feel more prepared and able to handle the situation. Simulation can give students opportunities…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2023
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Increases, decreases to periop travel nurse pay

Editor's Note As of June 1, there were 125,937 active RN travel jobs on the Vivian Health platform, a national healthcare hiring marketplace, the June 7 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Perioperative specialties with the largest increases and decreases in average weekly travel nurse pay in May, compared to April, were:…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 7, 2023
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Does golf swing contribute excessive force to hip implant after THA?

Editor's Note This Japanese study, for the first time, examined kinematics and kinetics of the hip joint during driver golf swings of patients who had a total hip arthroplasty (THA) and finds that the swings do not contribute excessive force to the implant. The researchers recruited 10 primary THA patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 6, 2023
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Gender disparity in mental health risks for frontline HCWs during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study led by Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, finds that female frontline healthcare workers (HCWs) were more than twice as likely as men to screen positive for chronic stress-related psychological symptoms (18.7% vs 8.8%) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Symptoms included major depressive, generalized anxiety, or…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2023
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FDA: Class I recall of specific Abiomed Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist heart pumps

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on June 5, identified the recall by Abiomed of specific Impella 5.5 with SmartAssist heart pumps as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of fluid leaking from the purge sidearm of the pump. If the leak issue is…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 5, 2023
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The Joint Commission revises CAH requirements to align with CMS

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on May 31, announced that it has added several new and revised elements of performance (EPs) for critical access hospitals (CAHs) that address restraint and seclusion, the complaint process, and unified and integrated structures for CAHs that are part of a multihospital system, effective June…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 1, 2023
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Mobilization associated with fewer postoperative complications, shorter hospital stays

Editor's Note In a recent study led by researchers at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, mobilization after elective surgery was found to be associated with fewer postoperative complications and shorter lengths of stay (LOS), and is an important component of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols. This retrospective observational study…

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By: Lindsay Botts
May 31, 2023
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SHEA: Strategies to prevent SSIs updated

Editor's Note The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has updated the Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infection in Acute Care Hospitals, which was published in 2014. The update highlights practical recommendations designed to assist acute-care hospitals in implementing and prioritizing their surgical site infection (SSI) prevention efforts. Among…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2023
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Development of a definition for long COVID

Editor's Note This multi-center study, which is part of the National Institutes of Health’s Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) initiative and led by the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, was conducted to develop a definition of long COVID using self-reported symptoms of 9,764 participants (8,646 infected; 1,118 uninfected) at 85…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2023
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