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Lung transplant for COVID-19-related respiratory failure

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, finds that from August 2020 through September 2021, 7% of lung transplantations in the US were performed in patients with COVID-19-related respiratory failure. In this analysis of 3,039 lung transplants, 214 were…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 27, 2022
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Cardiovascular considerations before elective noncardiac surgery in COVID-19 patients

Editor's Note In this viewpoint, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine, note that it is unclear whether cardiovascular complications associated with COVID-19 persist beyond the acute phase of illness and whether a history of COVID-19 warrants any additional preoperative cardiac assessments before having elective surgery. They review the literature…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 27, 2022
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Socioeconomic differences in telemedicine use for ambulatory surgical care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that Black patients used telemedicine platforms more often than White patients for ambulatory surgical care during Phase 2 of COVID-19. During Phase 1 (March 24 through June 23), there were 347 in-person and 638 virtual…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Getinge Vaporizer Sevoflurane Maquet Filling for Flow Family Anesthesia Systems

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 19 identified the recall by Getinge of its Vaporizer Sevoflurane Maquet Filling for Flow Family Anesthesia Systems as Class I, the most serious. The recall was initiated because of the potential chemical breakdown of Sevoflurane that may result in inhalation…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 20, 2022
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Battle Buddies help healthcare workers with mental resilience

Having a “Battle Buddy” has helped US Army soldiers maintain resilience for years, and now the practice has been adopted to help healthcare workers at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis deal with COVID-19-related stress. A multidisciplinary team from the University of Minnesota’s department of anesthesiology and department…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 20, 2022
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Trends in ambulatory care during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, finds that the use of ambulatory care services between March 2020 and February 2021 increased after an initial decrease with the onset of COVID-19. However, the rate of increase was significantly lower for Medicaid and/or Medicare…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2022
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Risk of postop complications in COVID-19 patients after major elective surgery

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that major elective surgery performed 0 to 4 weeks after COVID-19 infection is linked to an increased risk of postoperative complications. Of 5,479 patients analyzed, those who had surgery 0 to 4…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 11, 2022
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Hip fracture surgery volumes in older individuals during COVID-19

Editor's Note Hip fracture surgery volumes in individuals 65 years and older were lower during the pandemic than 2 years before, which contrasts with that seen in the general population, this study from Kaiser Permanente researchers finds. The analysis includes 18,288 patients aged 65 years or older who had hip…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2022
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FDA: Class I recall of Getinge/Datascope/Maquet Cardiosave Hybrid and Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration, on December 16, identified the recall by Getinge/Datascope/Maquet of its Cardiosave Hybrid and Cardiosave Rescue Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as Class I, the most serious. The IABPs are cardiac assist devices used in patients having cardiac and noncardiac surgery and to treat patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 16, 2021
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Four problems and solutions with physician preference cards

As representatives of a global healthcare solutions company, we talk and listen to clinicians at hospitals around the country. One of the issues that continually surfaces is that physician preference cards (PPCs) are a challenge at their hospitals. We hear many frustrations related to supply chain documentation. In the end, it all comes…

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By: Vicky Lyle
December 16, 2021
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