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October 2021

COVID-19 vaccine acceptance, access among Blacks, Latinxs

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, identifies three themes centered on trust and addressing barriers to COVID-19 vaccine access in Black and Latinx communities in the US. The study involved 72 participants—56 women, 16 men, 36 Black, 28 Latinx, and 8…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 14, 2021
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NIOSH seeking comments on preventing work-related stress

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is seeking comments on workplace and occupational safety and health interventions to prevent work-associated stress, support stress reduction, and foster positive mental health and well-being among healthcare workers. Examples of interventions include employee…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 14, 2021
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COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp rise in depressive, anxiety disorders worldwide

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, finds that cases of major depressive and anxiety disorders increased by more than a quarter worldwide in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings: There was an additional 53.2 million cases (a 27.6% increase) of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2021
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The Joint Commission to implement new, revised PI, LD accreditation standards for labs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 12 announced that it will implement new and revised Performance Improvement (PI) and Leadership (LD) accreditation standards for its Laboratory Accreditation Program, effective January 1, 2022. The revisions factor in two common themes of organizations with successful improvement programs: Adoption of an established…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2021
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Survey: COVID-19 seropositivity among high-risk HCWs

Editor's Note This survey of high-risk healthcare workers (HCWs) at Sharp HealthCare in San Diego County finds a relatively small proportion who were seropositive for COVID-19. Of 1,770 participants, 39 (2.2%) had a positive antibody test. Among 22 who reported a history of presumptive or confirmed COVID-19, 14 were antibody…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2021
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FDA: Class I recall of Imperative Care ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on October 6 identified the recall by Imperative Care Inc of its ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter as Class I, the most serious. The ZOOM 71 Reperfusion Catheter is used to remove blood clots from a patient’s brain within 8 hours of an…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 12, 2021
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Impact of WHO Surgical Safety Checklist relative to its design, intended use

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, finds that the World Health Organization (WHO) Surgical Safety Checklist is positively impacting the things it was explicitly designed to address. The analysis included 36 articles and 20 systematic reviews. A thematic analysis revealed…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2021
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Changes in hospital-acquired conditions, mortality after HACRP

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, find that hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) targeted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program (HACRP) declined after the program was announced, but 30-day mortality was unchanged. The analysis included 8,857,877 Medicare beneficiaries…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2021
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Study: HCW shortages expected for every state by 2026

Editor's Note Mercer’s 2021 External Healthcare Labor Market Analysis finds a shortage of healthcare workers (HCWs) over the next 5 to 10 years as the US continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The main findings of the study are: There will be a labor shortage at the low end…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 6, 2021
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Association of physical activity, screen time with children’s mental health during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington finds that more physical activity and less screen time were associated with better mental health for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted from October 22 to November 2, 2020, of 547 parents of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2021
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