Tag: COVID-19

CMS releases reopening guide for non-emergent care

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 9 released a guide for healthcare facilities to resume in-person, non-emergent, non-COVID-19 services in states and regions with no evidence of COVID-19 resurgence. Recommendations include: designating separate areas for COVID-19 care establishing non-COVID-19 care zones where patients can…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 10, 2020
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Risk of COVID-19 infection associated with bystander CPR

Editor's Note Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving procedure whose benefits outweigh the risk of COVID-19 infection, finds this study. University of Washington, Seattle, researchers’ analysis of data found that from January 1 to April 15, emergency medical services (EMS) responded to 1,067 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of which 478…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2020
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FDA reissues EUAs revising types of respirators that can be decontaminated

Editor's Note Citing a response to public health concerns, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 7 reissued certain emergency use authorizations (EUAs) to specify which respirators are appropriate for decontamination and reuse. The FDA determined that certain respirators should not be decontaminated for reuse by healthcare professionals during…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 9, 2020
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Admissions to VA hospitals for emergency conditions down during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This study finds that between March 11 and April 21, nearly 42% fewer patients were admitted to Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, compared with the preceding 6 weeks, including those who had conditions that generally required emergency treatment. The number of patients admitted decreased from 77,624 to 45,155, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2020
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Lancet, NEJM retract COVID-19 treatment studies

Editor's Note The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) have both retracted COVID-19 treatment studies because of concerns about the validity of the data and how the research was conducted by Chicago-based Surgisphere Corp, the June 4 Medscape Medical News reports. Authors of the Lancet study, which was…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2020
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Impact of COVID-19 on spine surgeons

Editor's Note This study of spine surgeons around the world found they are experiencing the effects of COVID-19, including canceled procedures, changes in clinical roles, anxiety, and risk of exposure to the disease itself because of insufficient protective equipment. Researchers evaluated survey responses from 902 spine surgeons with membership in…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2020
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ACS releases new resources to help prepare patients for surgery delayed by COVID-19

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons on June 3 released new resources to help surgeons and hospitals address patients’ concerns about having surgical procedures that were delayed by COVID-19. The document, “Preparing to have surgery during the time of COVID-19,” includes a patient-surgeon discussion guide with suggested questions patients…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2020
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Incidence of COVID-19 in pediatric surgical patients

Editor's Note The overall incidence of COVID-19 in children who had preoperative screening was less than 1%; however, this varied greatly between regions, ranging from 0.22% to 2.65%. Included in the study were pediatric patients presenting for surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, and Seattle…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2020
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Joint Commission: Preventing nosocomial COVID-19 infections as healthcare organizations resume routine care

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 3 announced that it supports the following positions for healthcare organizations to prevent nosocomial COVID-19 infections as they resume routine patient care. Organizations should continue to follow CDC recommendations for universal masking of staff, patients, and visitors. Personnel should wear filtering facepiece (N95)…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 4, 2020
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COVID-19 patients have greatly increased risk of postop mortality

Editor's Note Patients having surgery after contracting COVID-19 are at greatly increased risk of postoperative death, this study finds. Researchers examined data for 1,128 patients from 235 hospitals in 24 countries. Overall 30-day postoperative mortality was 23.8%. Mortality was high across all subgroups including: elective surgery, 18.9% emergency surgery, 25.6%…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 3, 2020
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