Tag: COVID-19

Experiences of US nurse managers during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by nurse researchers at The Ohio State University College of Nursing explores the professional and personal experiences of US nurse managers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis, which includes views of 39 nurse managers from 5 US health systems, identifies three major themes—challenges, feelings and…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 30, 2022
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Maternal mortality before vs during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study by researchers at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Boston University finds that maternal deaths increased 33.3% after March 2020, which corresponds with the onset of COVID-19. This is higher than the 22% overall excess death estimate associated with the pandemic. Among the findings: 1,588…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 30, 2022
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FDA recommends updating boosters to target Omicron

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee on June 28 recommended updating the composition of COVID-19 booster vaccines to target the Omicron variant. The Committee noted that booster doses consisting of an Omicron monovalent or bivalent vaccine could improve neutralizing antibody responses…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 30, 2022
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HHS will not name hospitals where patients contracted COVID-19

Editor's Note According to Politico June 25, the Biden Administration via the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decided not to disclose the names of individual hospitals where patients contracted COVID-19, citing “privacy concerns,” Becker’s Hospital Review June 27 reports. This stance is supported by the American Hospital Association…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Impact of COVID-19 on HAIs in Arizona

Editor's Note This study by researchers from the Arizona Department of Health finds that healthcare associated infections (HAIs) significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs). From 2016 through 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona acute care hospitals reported that HAIs decreased significantly: CLABSIs decreased 32%.…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 28, 2022
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Succession planning post-COVID: Identifying the right people

When Donna Doyle, DNP, RN, CNOR, NE-BC, perioperative consultant with DJD Consulting Services in Columbus, Ohio, thinks of succession planning, the British royal family comes to mind. “That is the epitome of succession planning,” she says. “You know exactly who’s in what position, who is next up, and who is…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
June 28, 2022
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Contrast media shortage reveals cracks in supply chain

May 2022 saw a critical shortage of the iodinated contrast medium (ICM) iohexol that extended well into June because of a COVID-19-related shutdown of a GE Healthcare plant in Shanghai, China, that interrupted the manufacture of ICM. According to the American College of Radiology, contrast media were added to the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 28, 2022
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Hospitals can still be better prepared for natural disasters

When a natural disaster strikes—whether flood, tornado, hurricane, or wildfire—nearly every aspect of a healthcare system’s operations are impacted. There is an influx of patients in crisis and a spike in calls for emergency services. There are logistical problems—impassable roads, power outages, and communication and internet breakdowns. Supply chain disruptions…

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By: Brita Belli
June 28, 2022
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CDC: US COVID-19 cases, deaths declining

Editor's Note According to the June 24 Becker’s Hospital Review, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) latest US COVID-19 statistics include the following: As of June 23, the 7-day average for newly reported COVID-19 cases dropped 5.6% to 97,430. The weekly average for COVID-19 related deaths dropped by…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2022
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Newer COVID-19 subvariants show substantial escape from vaccination, previous infection immunity

Editor's Note In a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, report that the three Omicron subvariants (BA.2.12.1, BA.4, and BA.5) currently dominant in the US substantially escape neutralizing antibodies induced by both vaccination and previous COVID-19 infection. The researchers…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2022
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