Tag: COVID-19

Frequency of adverse events in placebo groups of COVID-19 vaccine trials

Editor's Note This meta-analysis, led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that the rate of nocebo responses in placebo groups of COVID-19 vaccine trials was substantial. The researchers analyzed adverse event reports for 45,380 COVID-19 vaccine trial participants (22,578 placebo recipients and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 25, 2022
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Nearly a third of nurses thinking of leaving direct patient care

Editor's Note A recent survey by McKinsey & Company finds that more than 30% of US nurses are thinking of leaving direct patient care for other roles. Reasons cited by nurses for leaving, include: ongoing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic hiring and retention incentives at other workplaces desire for support…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 25, 2022
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Incidental COVID-19 hospital cases are hard to track

Editor's Note Incidental COVID-19—when patients are admitted to the hospital for something other than COVID-19 but test positive for the virus during their stay—is a reality for most, if not all, hospitals. However, a Becker’s study finds that the frequency of incidental COVID-19 cases is particularly challenging for hospital staff…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 25, 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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The three vaccine mandate deadlines US hospitals need to know

Editor's Note On January 19, a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas opposing the federal vaccine mandate. This came just days after the Supreme Court also ruled to uphold the mandate “to promote and protect patient health and safety.” On January 20, CMS issued updated…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 24, 2022
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CDC: Those recovered from COVID-19 less likely than vaccinated to get Delta variant

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on January 19, released a study showing that in New York and California, both vaccination and prior infection offered protection against COVID-19, but those who had recovered from COVID-19 were less likely than vaccinated individuals to get infected during the Delta…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 20, 2022
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The Joint Commission to begin surveying for HCW vaccinations

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on January 19 that beginning January 27, 2022, for applicable deemed program surveys in progress on that day, it will begin surveying to the “Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination” interim final rule published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 20, 2022
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Breakthrough infections with the Omicron variant

Editor's Note This study by researchers from Germany and South Africa finds that booster injections with mRNA vaccines failed to block the Omicron variant. This study of the first documented breakthrough infections with the Omicron variant in fully vaccinated individuals after receipt of booster vaccine doses demonstrates Omicron’s ability to…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 20, 2022
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Providing preoperative virtual education to providers, patients

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons projects that total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) procedures will increase to 635,000 and 1.28 million, respectively, by 2030. That leads to a tremendous amount of Episode of Care opportunities. How can we as clinicians ensure the best possible experience for…

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By: Nina Ramos, BSN, RN, ONC
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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