Tag: COVID-19

Nurses’ union survey reveals lack of preparation for COVID-19, flu season

Editor's Note A new nationwide survey by National Nurses United of more than 15,000 RNs finds that hospitals are failing to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 during flu season. Among the nurses’ complaints: inappropriate pursuit of profits resulting in lack of proper infection control measures ongoing issues of both…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 17, 2020
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Action needed now to meet future demand for nurses

Release of the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) report, Future of Nursing 2020-2030, has been delayed until spring 2021. The report is expected to address “newly emerging evidence related to the COVID-19 global pandemic and include recommendations regarding the role of nurses in responding to the crisis,” according to the…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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Most respondents to a July 2020 American Organization for Nursing Leadership survey said they felt prepared for a future surge of COVID-19. That future is now, with nearly 150,000 new cases being reported daily across the country and multiple hospitals at capacity. Survey respondents said their biggest challenges early in…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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Access OR Manager Conference sessions by December 31

For the first time in its history, the annual OR Manager Conference was held virtually September 30 to October 2. Many things were different this year, but the robust educational content and advanced technology were the same as in previous years. In a post-conference survey, more than 60% of respondents…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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Shifts in case mix bode well for future of outpatient surgery

Before COVID-19 emerged as the biggest disruptor of 2020, many ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) had been growing volume and receiving Medicare reimbursements for an increasing number of procedures. Stopping elective procedures in the spring was a significant setback, especially for smaller, independent facilities, notes a Global Healthcare Advisors (GHA) brief,…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
November 17, 2020
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CDC: Impact of COVID-19 stress on children’s mental health

Editor's Note The number of children’s mental health emergency department (ED) visits decreased sharply from mid-March through early April 2020, coincident with the implementation of community mitigation measures enacted to prevent COVID-19 transmission, and then visits increased steadily through October, this study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 16, 2020
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Survey: Two in five Americans likely to attend large holiday gatherings despite COVID-19

Editor's Note A new national survey released November 12 by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, finds that a majority of Americans plan to take precautions at holiday gatherings, but many also will put themselves at risk. Nearly two in five surveyed say they will likely…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 12, 2020
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Job insecurity linked to anxiety, depression in young adults during COVID-19

Editor's Note New research from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; and University of California, San Francisco; finds that young adults in the US are experiencing a significant mental health burden as a result of job insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis shows that since…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 12, 2020
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Medicare to cover monoclonal antibody COVID-19 treatments

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on November 10 announced that Medicare will cover out-of-pocket costs for monoclonal antibody drugs for COVID-19 during the public health emergency. The agency’s coverage includes Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab, which recently received an emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 12, 2020
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Increase in firearm injuries after COVID-19 stay-at-home orders

Editor's Note This study from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, finds that the social isolation brought on by stay-at-home orders (SAHO) issued during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in an increase in intentional penetrating injuries, especially from firearms, and the injuries remain at high levels today. As of October 19, Philadelphia…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2020
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