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December 2020
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Effect of cancelling elective surgery on ICU bed, ventilator capacity

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York City, finds that patients having elective surgery make up a small fraction of ICU bed and mechanical ventilation use in New York State. The researchers reviewed 5 years of New York State data…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2020
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First COVID-19 vaccinations expected latter part of December

Editor's Note On November 30, Moderna applied for an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its COVID-19 vaccine. Moderna’s vaccine was developed in collaboration with researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where Anthony Fauci, MD, is the director. Moderna is…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2020
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66 hospitals suspending elective surgical procedures

Editor's Note In response to an increase in hospitalized COVID-19 patients, 66 hospitals have postponed or cancelled elective surgical procedures in an effort to free up space and ensure enough staff and PPE are available, the November 24 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. All of the hospitals are in the Midwest…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2020
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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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Danish study: Effectiveness of masks in preventing COVID-19

Editor's Note This Danish unblinded, randomized, controlled trial finds that wearing masks to supplement other public health measures did not reduce the COVID-19 infection rate among wearers. Researchers randomized 3,030 participants to wear three-layer, disposable surgical masks with ear loops that were made in China, and 2,994 were assigned to…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 19, 2020
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FDA authorizes first home test for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 17 issued an emergency use authorization for the first rapid COVID-19 self-test that a person can administer at home. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit has to be prescribed by a healthcare provider, and the healthcare provider has to report…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 19, 2020
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Marine study shows COVID-19 transmission despite public health measures, strict quarantine

Editor's Note This study of 1,848 US Marine Corps recruits finds that despite social distancing, wearing masks, regular handwashing, and other public health measures including strict quarantine, recruits contracted COVID-19 and spread it to others, even though hardly any of them had symptoms. Study participants were told to isolate themselves…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2020
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Pfizer, BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine 95% effective in final analysis, will seek EUA within days

Editor's Note Just a week after Pfizer revealed an interim analysis showing its COVID-19 vaccine to be more than 90% effective, the company on November 18 released its final efficacy analysis showing the vaccine is 95% effective, and that it protects older people who are most at risk of dying…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 18, 2020
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Hospitals understaffed for COVID-19 surge

Editor's Note Demand for temporary nursing staff is on the rise as COVID-19 cases surge across the country, the November 13 Healthcare Dive reports. Surge capacity plans include the following: Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare is hiring 200 traveling nurses. The 24-hospital system also brought on 31 nurses from New York-Presbyterian, a…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2020
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Nurses’ union survey reveals lack of preparation for COVID-19, flu season

Editor's Note A new nationwide survey by National Nurses United of more than 15,000 RNs finds that hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 during flu season. Among the nurses’ complaints: inappropriate pursuit of profits resulting in lack of proper infection control measures ongoing issues of both…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2020
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