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August 2020

Convalescent plasma treatment of COVID-19 patients decreases mortality

Editor's Note This interim analysis from the eight-hospital Houston Methodist system showed a significant reduction in 28-day mortality in COVID-19 patients transfused with convalescent plasma within 72 hours of admission. Of 316 transfused patients, 136 had 28-day outcomes and were matched to 251 nontransfused control COVID-19 patients. Compared with patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 13, 2020
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Automated monitoring tool facilitates contact tracing of COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note The use of an automated web-based symptom monitoring tool as part of Maine's COVID-19 contact tracing program made the state's contact tracing and monitoring faster and more efficient. The tool was well received, with the majority of monitored contacts (96.4%) agreeing to the automated system. Contacts automatically received…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2020
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AI program can detect COVID-19 in 1 hour

Editor's Note The Curial AI test, an artificial intelligence (AI) program developed at the University of Oxford, UK, can identify COVID-19 within 1 hour of a patient arriving at an emergency department (ED), the July 31 Belfast Telegraph reports. The AI test analyzes patient data, such as blood tests and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 4, 2020
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Monitoring implant contracts can save millions of dollars

Orthopedic implants comprise a significant percentage of an OR’s costs, so effectively managing contracts for these items can help OR leaders in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) bolster the bottom lines of their organizations. “The contract is your best mechanism to control the influx of non-anticipated items, resolve overcharges,…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
July 22, 2020
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Preoperative protocols enhance outpatient total joint outcomes

On January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began reimbursing healthcare providers for total hip arthroplasty performed in outpatient hospital settings and total knee arthroplasty in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), thereby opening the floodgates for explosive growth in outpatient total joint arthroplasty (TJA). About a million…

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By: Catherine Spader, RN
July 22, 2020
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HHS opens new COVID-19 hospitalization data portal

Editor's Note The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on July 20 launched a new Data Hub for COVID-19 hospitalization data that officials say provides a more comprehensive view of the pandemic than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network, where the information…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2020
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US House of Representatives moves to expand the use of telehealth beyond COVID-19

Editor's Note Leaders of the US House of Representatives telehealth caucus introduced legislation on July 16 to permanently open up access to telehealth services for Medicare patients, the July 16 Fierce Healthcare reports. The bipartisan bill will eliminate restrictions on use in Medicare patients, and it will provide a bridge…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 20, 2020
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COVID-19 data reporting moved to HHS

Editor's Note The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on July 15 announced that in a move to improve information gathering and resource allocation, hospitals will begin sending their COVID-19 related data directly through HHS Protect or TeleTracking rather than submitting it the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 16, 2020
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COVID-19 could accelerate adoption of point-of-care ultrasound use by nonradiologists

Editor's Note The June 29 AuntMinnie reports on a panel presentation at the virtual annual meeting of the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine that found the adoption of point-of-care ultrasound by nonradiologists may be accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the American College of Radiology recommended not using CT…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 1, 2020
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Researchers use AI to build COVID-19 predictions

Editor's Note Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York, are using data collected from around the world by Johns Hopkins University to build prediction models that take advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) to track COVID-19 and predict where it might surge next. The models examine trends and patterns…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2020
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