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FDA adds AEDs, chest drains to device shortage list

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 19 added automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and chest drains/suction canisters and autotransfusion systems to its list of medical device shortages during COVID-19. The shortage of chest drains/suction canisters and autotransfusion systems is because of increased demand. The shortage of AEDs…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 26, 2022
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Study tracks COVID-19 antibodies after vaccines, natural infection

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, find that antibodies generated by the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine rise more slowly and decline more quickly than those generated by the Moderna vaccine, but both vaccines generated similar peak levels of antibodies. This result differs from earlier findings…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 14, 2022
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Clinical characteristics, symptom duration in COVID-19 outpatients

Editor's Note This retrospective study from Cooper University Health Care, Camden, New Jersey, finds that the median symptom duration for many COVID-19 outpatients is longer than recommended isolation periods. Of 294 patients analyzed, 178 had documented symptom resolution. The median symptom duration was 15 days. Factors linked to prolonged symptom…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 7, 2022
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Understanding COVID-19 transmission in HCWs without direct patient care

Editor's Note Using a systems engineering approach to analyze a cluster of COVID-19 in healthcare workers (HCWs) without direct patient care, researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found both modifiable and nonmodifiable elements of the work system contributed to the cluster. Between October 2 and November 24, 2020, eight…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 7, 2022
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Increases in drug overdose mortality by race, ethnicity during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of California, Los Angeles, finds that Blacks had the largest percentage increase in overdose mortality rates in 2020, overtaking the rates among Whites for the first time since 1999. Using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 2, 2022
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Management of occupational fatigue in nurses

Editor's Note This study by researchers at School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, describes the development of a fatigue risk management tool that can be used by nurses to pursue balance between work demands and capacity to meet those demands. Interviews with 21 nurses identified four design goals for the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 1, 2022
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Patients rate telehealth physician visits favorably during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study by UCLA researchers finds patient experiences with telehealth physician appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic were as positive as traditional face-to-face visits and phone visits, or even more so. The researchers surveyed 58,509 adult patients on their 13,928 primary care and 44,581 specialty physician visits at 197…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 16, 2022
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Vaccination rates and new COVID-19 infections by US county

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Cincinnati, finds that areas with low vaccination rates experienced a more intense surge of new cases during the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily driven by the Delta variant. In the analysis, COVID-19 infections per 100,000 people during…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 10, 2022
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New inhaled vaccine delivers broad protection against COVID-19, variants

Editor's Note In this study, Canadian researchers at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) confirm that their newly developed inhaled form of COVID-19 vaccine provides long-lasting protection against the original strain of SARS-Cov-2 and variants of concern. The researchers compared two types of adenovirus platforms for the vaccine. The adenoviruses serve as…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 10, 2022
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Takeaways and lessons learned from OR Manager Conference

After more than a year in hiatus, OR Manager Conference was held in October 2021 in Chicago, bringing together hundreds of attendees, speakers, and exhibitors. After the live conference, OR Manager sat down with Cindy Kildgore, education coordinator for the OR Manager Conference; Amy Bethel, education coordinator for the OR…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
December 16, 2021
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