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January 2021

CDC: Updated interim recommendation for allocation of COVID-19 vaccine

Editor’s Note On December 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated its interim vaccine allocation recommendations. In Phase 1b, COVID-19 vaccine should be offered to persons aged 75 years or more and non-healthcare frontline essential workers. In Phase 1c, the vaccine should be…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 5, 2021
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ACS, ASA, AORN call for centralized, coordinated governmental action for COVID-19

Editor's Note In a November 23 letter to federal government leaders, the American College of Surgeons (ACS), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) asked officials “to act collectively and quickly in support of hospitals and healthcare providers as they continue to struggle in response…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2020
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Faulty bronchoscope reprocessing raises risks of infection transmission

Preventing infection transmission has been a chief concern of healthcare leaders and staff striving to protect their patients and themselves from SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus poses an insidious threat that includes the possibility of bronchoscopy-associated transmission of COVID-19. Long before the pandemic, epidemiologist and researcher Cori…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
October 21, 2020
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CMS threatens to withhold payments from hospitals not reporting COVID-19, flu data

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on October 6 released guidance on how it will implement an interim final rule that requires hospitals and critical access hospitals to report data on COVID-19 and flu patients. CMS says failure to report specified data may lead to termination…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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FDA issues guidance on EUA for COVID-19 vaccines

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 6 released guidance on the data and information needed to support the issuance of emergency use authorization (EUA) for COVID-19 vaccines. The recommended data and information include: chemistry, manufacturing, and controls information clinical and nonclinical data and information administration and…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 8, 2020
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National Academies release COVID-19 vaccine distribution proposal

Editor's Note The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, on September 1, released draft guidelines to help policymakers plan for equitable allocation of a COVID-19 vaccine. The committee that drafted the guidelines was formed at the request of the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 2, 2020
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WHO recommends against face masks for children below age 5

Editor's Note The World Health Organization (WHO) on August 21 recommended that children in the community setting under age 5 not wear face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19. Other recommendations include: For those aged 6 to 11 years, there should be a risk-based approach that considers factors such…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 1, 2020
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CDC changes asymptomatic COVID-19 testing recommendations

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on August 24 changed its recommendations on testing asymptomatic people for COVID-19. The CDC is no longer recommending asymptomatic testing. The new guidance includes the following: For those who have been in close contact (within 6 feet) of a person…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2020
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Joint Commission removing position statement on preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced August 19 that it is removing its position statement: "Preventing Nosocomial COVID-19 Infections as Organizations Resume Regular Care Delivery.” The guidance was written in May when COVID-19 cases in the US were declining, healthcare organizations were working to resume elective procedures and ambulatory care,…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 20, 2020
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American Heart Association warns of cardiovascular risks of marijuana use

Editor's Note In a Scientific Statement, the American Heart Association (AHA) says marijuana use has no cardiovascular benefits and that it has been linked to an increased risk of heart attacks, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure. Though a full understanding of how marijuana use affects the heart and blood vessels…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2020
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