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July 2022
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ECRI: 2022 winners of Alerts Impact Award

Editor's Note ECRI on May 25 announced the three winners and three finalists of its 2022 Alerts Impact Award for excellence in recall management. The annual award is given to those who have demonstrated strong success in implementing recall management programs in their healthcare organizations. The winners are: Eskenazi Health,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2022
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Surgical outcomes in children with COVID-19

Editor's Note This retrospective cohort study from researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, finds that children having surgical procedures while infected with COVID-19 may be at increased risk for development of pulmonary complications. The analysis included 73 pediatric patients who had surgical procedures within…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2022
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The Joint Commission: Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on May 25 announced that refreshed Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports are available for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to provide updated performance measurement data on a select subset of quality measures. The Interim ORYX reports contain data through the second quarter of 2021, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 26, 2022
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Georgia becomes eighth state to go smoke-free

Editor's Note On May 9, Governor Brian Kemp of Georgia signed into law SB573, which requires the evacuation of smoke during plume-producing surgical procedures. The law states: “Each hospital and ambulatory surgical center shall adopt policies for the reduction of human exposure to surgical smoke.” Brenda Ulmer, MN, RN, CNOR,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2022
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Prevalence of COVID-19 in symptom-free HCWs

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, finds a low prevalence of COVID-19 in symptom-free healthcare workers (HCWs) working in the Minneapolis-St Paul area. In the 14 days before enrollment in the study, 40% of participants reported a known COVID-19 exposure. PPE use was…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2022
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Surgeon General Advisory highlights need to address HCW burnout

Editor's Note Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, on May 23, issued an Advisory highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare workers (HCWs) and the urgent need to address HCW burnout across the country. Among the Advisory’s recommendations: Transforming workplace cultures to empower HCWs and be responsive to their…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2022
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Age patterns of COVID-19 mortality by race, ethnicity, gender

Editor's Note This study led by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, finds that from the second (November 2020 to February 2021) through the third periods (July to October 2021) of the COVID-19 pandemic, declines in mortality for various racial, ethnic, and gender combinations were especially large for those…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Woodside Acquisitions SARS-CoV-2 antigen rapid test kits

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 16 identified the recall of Woodside Acquisitions Inc’s Oral Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits and Joysbio SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kits (Colloidal Gold) as Class I, the most serious. The tests are being recalled because they were distributed to…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2022
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Solutions for frontline worker resilience—dark chocolate, exercise, fresh air

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on nurses and other frontline healthcare workers. Just about everyone has been affected by shortages of basic supplies like personal protective equipment (PPE), syringes, and IV tubing, and staffing issues are even more concerning, says Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, president and CEO of Ofstead…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
May 24, 2022
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Editorial

Staffing and labor costs have been consuming the thoughts of managers at all levels of leadership. Since the COVID-19 pandemic exarcerbated work conditions and safety concerns, healthcare leaders have had to deal with an unprecendented number of resignations and increased turnover with the rise of travel nursing. Calls for greater…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 24, 2022
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