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Widening of racial, socioeconomic healthcare gap for organ transplant patients during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, finds that although COVID-19’s effect on access to liver transplantation has been all-pervasive, minorities have been disproportionately affected—especially those with public insurance. During the initial wave of COVID-19, organ transplantation was classified as a…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2021
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The Joint Commission: Deadline for ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Perioperative Settings extended

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on September 15, announced that the deadline to participate in the Institute for Safe Medication Practices’ (ISMP) Medication Safety Self Assessment for Perioperative Settings has been extended to December 10. The self-assessment helps those in perioperative settings see how well their organizations’ systems and practices…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Normoflo irrigation fluid warmers, warming sets

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on September 15 identified the recall of Smiths Medical Normoflo irrigation fluid warmers and warming sets as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential for aluminum ions leaching into warmed fluids, potentially exposing patients to high…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 16, 2021
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Study: Effects of COVID-19 mask mandates on hospital resources, mortality

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Brooke Army Medical Center JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas, finds that a Texas state-level mask mandate issued July 3, 2020, followed by a Bexar County-level mandate issued July 15, 2020, did not reduce…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 13, 2021
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CDC: COVID-19 transmission is high in more than 95% of US counties

Editor's Note A total of 95.19% of US counties are reporting high COVID-19 transmission rates, with at least 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the past 7 days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The surge in COVID-19 cases is being driven largely by the Delta…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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The Joint Commission reinstates volume requirements for advanced stroke certification programs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 8 announced that it has returned to the original volume eligibility requirement for its advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification programs, effective September 1. Volume eligibility requirements were lowered in 2020 and into 2021 because of the COVID-19…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 9, 2021
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CDC: More than 83% of Americans had COVID-19 antibodies before Delta surge

Editor's Note A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that more than 83% of Americans had COVID-19 antibodies before the surge of the Delta variant began. Researchers examined data from 1,443,519 blood donation specimens obtained before the Delta variant. Overall infection-induced COVID-19 antibodies increased…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2021
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed new emergency management requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 1 announced that it is seeking comments on new and revised emergency management (EM) requirements for its hospital and critical access hospital accreditation programs. The aim of the proposed standards is to help healthcare organizations develop and improve their actions and responses to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2021
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Poll: COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy drops to new low

Editor's Note An Axios-Ipsos poll published August 31 finds that COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy may be waning. Among the findings: 20% are not likely at all or not very likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, down from 23% 2 weeks ago and 34% in March 68% with K-12 children have either…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 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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