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ECRI opens new headquarters

Editor's Note In an April 20 news release, ECRI announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art, global headquarters and medical device evaluation laboratory, which is on a 24-acre campus in the Philadelphia region. The headquarters also includes an environmental lab, an accident and forensic investigation lab, high-tech meeting rooms, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2022
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ACS: Actors promote STOP THE BLEED in PSA for people of Ukraine

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced on April 14 that actors from two medical TV dramas are helping spread lifesaving STOP THE BLEED information to the people of Ukraine in a new Public Service Announcement (PSA). The PSA, which features Ryan Eggold from “New Amsterdam” (NBC/Universal) and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2022
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New machine learning models predict adverse postop abdominal hernia surgery outcomes

Editor's Note Machine learning (ML) models designed by surgeons at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston show a high level of accuracy in predicting which types of patients are most likely to have a hernia recurrence or other complications after surgery in this study. Of 725…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2022
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Mayo Clinic gives postop patients comforts of home

Editor's Note The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, is giving surgical patients an option to recover outside the hospital with comforts of home and with immediate access to a care team if needed. The Mayo Clinic program, called “Monitoring at Charter House,” allows physicians to arrange for US and international patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2022
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COVID-19 lockdown associated with decline in preterm C-sections

Editor's Note Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows a 0.4% decline in cesarean and induced deliveries for preterm births during the COVID-10 pandemic lockdown, between March and December 2020, according to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. The researchers also noted other birth trends, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2022
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CDC: COVID-19 cases rising again nationwide

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published April 8 shows that cases are rising again nationwide, for the first time since January, the April 8 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The 7-day case average as of April 6 was 26,596, which is…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Tracking HCW turnover during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, find that turnover among nearly all segments of the healthcare workforce has not yet fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, with turnover rates among long-term care workers and physicians worsening over time. Of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Researchers develop highly accurate 30-second COVID-19 test

Editor's Note Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have helped develop a testing device that can detect COVID-19 infection within 30 seconds, with the sensitivity and accuracy of a PCR test. The hand-held device is powered by a 9-volt battery and uses test strips similar to those used in…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Attacks on healthcare in the Ukraine war

Editor's Note As of March 31, there have been 82 attacks on healthcare workers and facilities in Ukraine that have resulted in 72 deaths and 43 injuries, and most attacks involved the use of heavy weapons against healthcare facilities, personnel, patients, and medical supplies, according to this JAMA Viewpoint article,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2022
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Proteins in saliva aid in detecting COVID-19, predicting severe illness

Editor's Note Researchers from the University of Utah Health, who have identified a family of proteins that are significantly elevated in the saliva of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, presented their findings at American Physiological Society annual meeting, held during the Experimental Biology 2022 meeting in Philadelphia April 4. The proteins, named…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2022
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