Tag: COVID-19

College course delivery model linked to psychological distress during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that college students whose classes were offered entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic had increased psychological distress, compared with those attending a mix of in-person  and online classes. Of 59,250 full-time undergraduate college students analyzed, 3.5% attended fully…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2022
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Use of serious games to promote infection prevention among senior nursing students during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by nursing researchers from Turkey, finds that serious game implementation significantly increased senior nursing students’ knowledge of infection prevention and safe behaviors during COVID-19. A total of 62 nursing students completed a socio-demographic questionnaire, COVID-19 information form, and game usability form, and their responses were analyzed…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2022
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The Joint Commission launches new Speak Up About Vaccinations campaign

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 30 announced the launch of a new patient safety campaign—Speak Up About Vaccinations—that is designed to help patients better understand vaccines. The campaign includes: an infographic poster/flyer in three sizes an animated video a distribution guide with recommendations on how healthcare organizations can…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 1, 2022
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COVID-19-related deaths higher in younger people in 2021

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, finds that in the COVID-19 pandemic’s early phases, most deaths were in older people, but in 2021, deaths in younger people increased while deaths in older people decreased. The researchers, using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data,…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2022
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Association of COVID-19 with incidence of HAIs in California hospitals

Editor's Note This study, by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, and California Department of Public Health, finds significant increases in healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in California acute-care hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically, central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections (BSIs). The researchers found…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2022
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Parents’ COVID-19 vaccination status linked to children's hospital admissions

Editor's Note This French study finds that during the Delta and Omicron periods of COVID-19, parents’ vaccination status was associated with hospital admissions for their children younger than 5 years of age, for whom vaccines were not licensed. During the study period, 599 children were admitted to the hospital. For…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2022
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COVID-19 symptoms 2 years after infection in hospitalized vs nonhospitalized patients

Editor's Note This study from Spain finds that 59.7% of hospitalized and 67.5% of nonhospitalized COVID-19 patients had at least one symptom 2 years after infection. Of 360 hospitalized and 308 nonhospitalized COVID-19 patients analyzed, fatigue (161 vs 147), pain (129 vs 92), and memory loss (72 vs 49) were…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2022
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CDC posts HAI progress report

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on November 4 posted the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reported by US hospitals in 2021. The report showed that rates for four of six tracked infections had increased: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) increased 7%, with the largest increase…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 14, 2022
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Pediatric COVID-19 cases continue to surge amid low vaccination rates

Editor's Note There has been a significant surge of COVID-19 cases among children for 2 consecutive weeks, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published on November 3, Becker’s Hospital Review November 9 reports. In the first week of November, almost 30,000 children tested positive for…

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By: Bridget Brown
November 10, 2022
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Factors associated with resolution of long-COVID symptoms

Editor's Note This French study finds that persistent symptoms were still present in 10.1% of COVID-19 infected individuals at 1 year. Of 53,047 study participants analyzed, 3,972 (2,531 women) with a mean age of 50.9 years had been infected with COVID-19. Of these, 2,647 reported at least one symptom during…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2022
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