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April 2021
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Diligence in implant processing will decrease infection risks

Implants are foreign bodies, and they increase the risk of a surgical site infection. Processing implants requires strict adherence to the required steps because implants have sustained contact with sterile tissue. An implant is defined as a device that is placed into a surgically or naturally formed cavity of the…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, ACE, CIS, FCS
February 17, 2021
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Is a robotics program right for your ASC?

Global adoption of robotics technology has exploded in healthcare institutions, promising a less invasive and more precise means of conducting procedures. Although hospitals command the largest share of this market, analysts predict that ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) will adopt this technology at a rapid clip. Robotics technology has changed greatly…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
February 17, 2021
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Reports of anaphylaxis after Pfizer, Moderna vaccines

Editor's Note Since emergency use authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received reports of allergic reactions including anaphylaxis. From December 14, 2020, through January 18, 2021, 9,943,247 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2021
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CDC updates guidelines on school reopenings

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on February 12 updated its guidelines for K-12 school reopenings. The update provides an operational strategy for safe delivery of in-person instruction through the integration of mitigation and control components as well as public health efforts. Included are the following:…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2021
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Effect of COVID-19 on stress levels, experience of academic surgeons

Editor's Note In this study led by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, researchers find that during the early months of COVID-19, the personal and professional experiences of housestaff and faculty differed. Of 335 surgeons from five academic medical centers who completed a survey, 49.3% were housestaff and 50.7% were faculty.…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2021
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Joint Commission issues new Quick Safety on safe, equitable care during COVID-19

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on February 8, issued a new Quick Safety addressing safe, equitable care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Quick Safety focuses on actions organizations can take to: address racial and ethnic disparities remove barriers to providing safe, equitable healthcare. The pandemic has put a spotlight on…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2021
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Increase in pediatric perforated appendicitis in New York City area during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, New York City, finds that children in the New York City metropolitan region at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak had higher rates of perforated appendicitis compared with historical controls. Researchers…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2021
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FDA issues EUA for monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration, on February 9, issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for Eli Lilly’s (Indianapolis, Indiana) combination therapy of two antibodies, bamlanivimab and etesevimab. The authorization is for the two antibodies to be administered together for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 11, 2021
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CDC: Racial, ethnic disparities in prevalence of mental health conditions, substance abuse during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of current depression, increased or newly initiated substance use, and suicidal thoughts/ideation has been higher for some racial and ethnic minority groups, especially Hispanics. A survey of 1,004 US…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2021
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Patients with dementia at higher risk for COVID-19, worse outcomes for Blacks

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, finds that patients with dementia are at a significantly higher increased risk for COVID-19, and the risk is higher still for Blacks with dementia. Analyzing electronic health records of 61.9 million adults in the US, the…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2021
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