Tag: COVID-19

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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Machine learning model uses data from wearable devices to detect COVID-19 in HCWs

Editor's Note Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York City, have developed a machine learning model that uses physiological metrics collected from wearable devices that can detect and predict COVID-19 in healthcare workers (HCWs). A total of 407 HCWs from 7 hospitals were enrolled in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2022
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FDA monitoring pulse oximeter accuracy and limitations

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication update on June 21 alerting providers that the agency “continues to evaluate all available information pertaining to factors that may affect pulse oximeter accuracy and performance.” A May 2022 study published by JAMA Internal Medicine showed that…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 23, 2022
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FDA, CDC recommend COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 years old

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old, which expands eligibility to some 20 million babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, CBS News June 17 reports. After convening on Saturday, June 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 17, 2022
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New Moderna booster candidate announced, Omicron deemed ‘immune evader’

Editor's Note Moderna, Inc announced new clinical data on its “Omicron-containing bivalent” COVID-19 booster candidate and a vaccine candidate targeting the Omicron variant of concern, Healthcare Purchasing News (HPN) June 9 reports. The booster dose of the new mRNA vaccine reportedly had a “superior neutralizing antibody response…against the Omicron variant…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
June 16, 2022
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Human broadly neutralizing antibodies could provide immunity against COVID-19 variants

Editor's Note In this French study, two human broadly neutralizing antibodies show promise in providing long-acting immunity against COVID-19 in immunocompromised patients. The antibodies were effective against all COVID-19 variants tested and could be used alone or in an antibody cocktail. Researchers examined 102 spike monoclonal antibodies cloned from IgA…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on EM surge management plan

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on June 15 that it is seeking comments on proposed Emergency Management (EM) chapter requirements related to surge management for its hospital and critical access hospital accreditation programs. Since approval of the new, revised EM standards, which are effective July 1, experts in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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Factors linked to anxiety, depression during first year of COVID-19

Editor's Note This survey study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that clinically significant anxiety and depression increased only modestly overall in US adults in 2020. In this study of more than 1.4 million respondents in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 16, 2022
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