Tag: COVID-19

Impact of COVID-19 on surgical cases for urology resident training

Editor's Note This study from researchers at the Urology Institute, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, examines the impact of COVID-19 on surgical cases for urology residents and finds that despite widespread disruptions in surgical care, there will likely be minimal detriment to training over time. Using data from the Accreditation…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2022
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Study: Incubation period decreases with each COVID-19 variant

Editor's Note  New research in China, led by Min Liu of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Peking University's School of Public Health in Beijing, shows that the incubation period is significantly shorter when people are infected with COVID-19 now than at the beginning of the pandemic, US News…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
August 23, 2022
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Association of masking policies with mask adherence, distancing during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at Kaiser Permanente, Southern California, Pasadena, finds that masking mandates had a significant role in influencing people to wear masks during COVID-19. A total of 109,999 individuals in 126 US cities were included in the analysis. Data were collected by 231 students affiliated with…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 23, 2022
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Dr Fauci plans to step down in December

Editor's Note On Monday, August 22, Dr Anthony Fauci announced he will step down as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health and as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden in December 2022. "While I am moving on from…

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By: Lauren McCaffrey
August 22, 2022
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Variation in uptake of COVID-19 boosters by fully vaccinated adults

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at NYC Health + Hospitals, New York City, evaluate how uptake of COVID-19 booster doses among fully vaccinated US adults varied by geographic location, occupation, and sociodemographic characteristics. Receipt of a booster was defined as taking two or more doses of COVID-19 vaccines with…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 22, 2022
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Survey: Surgical volume returns for many ORs, but staff shortages remain

Data and surveys

The good news from the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey is that in the wake of lessening disruption from COVID-19 throughout the country, surgical procedure volume has returned to many ORs, with nearly half of respondents (48%) reporting increased volume over the past year, double last year’s findings (26%). The…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Is there a nursing shortage, or a shortage of solutions?

Is there really a nursing shortage? “Is this a question or a statement?” asks Ruth P. Shumaker, BSN, RN, CNOR, executive director perioperative services, Regional One Health, Germantown, Tennessee. “It’s a little bit of both,” she answers. “Some of it has been self-made, and some of it is because we…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, BS, RN
August 19, 2022
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Survey: ASC leaders see staffing challenges with rising volume

Data and surveys

As organizations adapt to COVID-19 and the number of severe cases eases in many areas of the country, leaders in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are seeing a significant uptick in volume of surgical procedures, according to the 2022 OR Manager Salary/Career Survey. More than half (56%) reported increased volume in…

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By: Cynthia Saver, MS, RN
August 19, 2022
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CDC plans to overhaul structure, recover reputation

Editor's Note On Wednesday, August 18, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky shared planned changes with CDC leadership and staff to “transform” the agency and its  culture, with the goal of "improving how the agency shares information, develops public health guidance, and communicates with the American…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
August 18, 2022
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Surgical volume changes during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds a severe decline in surgical procedure volumes across specialties during the peak of COVID-19, and after the peak and vaccine release periods, the overall volume did not fully recover. Of 129,956 surgical procedures analyzed during four…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 18, 2022
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