Tag: COVID-19

A team approach to reducing instrumentation, costs during the age of COVID-19

ORs rebounding from the financial impact of COVID-19 are looking for ways to reduce expenses. With rising costs coming from all angles of the economy, some have adopted systemwide processes to reduce, streamline, and improve surgical instrumentation sets. Two major health systems, the Cleveland Clinic and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital…

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By: Jennifer Lubell
July 26, 2022
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Editorial

With inflation hitting yet another record-breaking high—9.1% at the time of publication—hospitals and health systems continue to contend with challenging supply chain disruptions that force leaders into a constant state of putting out fires. Supply chain issues are not new. But instead of having time to plan ahead and implement…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
July 26, 2022
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Tips to prepare for AAAHC accreditation

The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has been accrediting ambulatory healthcare facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), for more than 40 years, with some 6,100 accredited organizations. A top philosophy of AAAHC is “1095 Strong,” which emphasizes the importance of integrating quality practices throughout a facility’s 1,095 days…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
July 26, 2022
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Association between vaccination and MI, stroke after COVID-19 infection

Editor's Note This Korean study finds that full COVID-19 vaccination was associated with a reduced risk of acute myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemic stroke after being infected with COVID-19. Of 592,719 patients with COVID-19 during the study period, 231,037 were included in the analysis, of whom 62,727 were never vaccinated…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2022
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11 schools starting nursing programs

Editor's Note Eleven schools have recently started nursing programs and partnerships to address the persistent nursing shortages around the country, the July 19 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. Included in the list: Yale School of Nursing in Orange, Connecticut, began an online master’s degree program. Penn Nursing in Philadelphia began an…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2022
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The Joint Commission announces new HCW safety, well-being website

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on July 20 announced a new “Healthcare Workforce Safety and Well-Being” website that provides resources to help healthcare workers (HCWs) advance the safety and resiliency of the organization. The website provides links to materials developed by The Joint Commission and healthcare-related organizations such as the…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2022
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Effect of resilience training for HCWs during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of Washington, Seattle, finds that a group coaching program designed to reduce stress and teach resilience was associated with improved mental health outcomes in healthcare workers (HCWs) during COVID-19. A total of 153 participants provided informed consent for the study with a mean…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 21, 2022
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CDC advisers endorse ‘more traditional’ COVID-19 vaccine for unvaccinated

Editor's Note On July 19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisers said the 26 to 37 million adults in the US who have yet to get a COVID-19 vaccination should consider the “more traditional” vaccine Novavax, Modern Healthcare July 19 reports. Novavax is the “first so-called protein vaccine”…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
July 20, 2022
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COVID-19 vaccination perspectives, infections among first responders

Editor's Note This study, led by the University of Miami and sponsored by the CDC, finds that unvaccinated first responders (eg, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and others) were more likely to develop COVID-19 and less likely to believe in the effectiveness and safety of vaccines than their vaccinated counterparts. Of…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 20, 2022
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Childcare stress during COVID-19 linked to burnout in HCWs

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, UCHealth, Aurora, finds an association between healthcare workers (HCWs) reporting high childcare stress and burnout during COVID-19. The researchers surveyed 58,408 HCWs in 208 organizations from October 2021 to May 2022 on their concerns about…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 19, 2022
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