Tag: COVID-19

CDC posts updated point-of-care testing guidelines for COVID-19

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on May 12 posted updated point-of-care (POC) testing biosafety guidelines for COVID-19. The update includes guidance for: use of instruments in a location associated with a current Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments certificate site- and activity-specific risk assessment proper staff training adherence…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2020
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Readying your SPD for a post-COVID world

Editor's Note While responding to demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, perioperative leaders also are busy preparing staff and departments for life after the initial shock subsides. Chief among their preparations are strategies to address the increased demand for surgery because of postponement of elective and nonessential surgical procedures. The sterile…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2020
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California pharmacists to begin testing patients for COVID-19

Editor's Note On May 12, California's Governor Gavin Newsom announced that California pharmacists will be allowed to collect specimens and order COVID-19 tests. Specimens will be are processed at public health, university, or commercial labs. The move is an effort to increase the state’s testing capacity as it modifies its…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2020
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Provider burnout, fatigue during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note This article from Houston Methodist Hospital and Texas A&M University researchers shares the lessons learned by an interdisciplinary team of ICU healthcare providers and their experiences of occupational fatigue and burnout as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The researchers documented four major areas of stress with the…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2020
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FDA accelerates development of COVID-19 prevention, treatment options

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration on May 11 took new actions to accelerate the development of novel prevention and treatment options for COVID-19. The agency is providing guidance documents to make the process for submitting applications to initiate studies for new drugs and biological products more efficient. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 14, 2020
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University of Kentucky researchers studying COVID-19 immunity

Editor's Note The University of Kentucky (UK) announced May 11 that researchers have begun antibody testing that will help to understand what immunity to COVID-19 really means. Several research labs within the UK College of Medicine and Pharmacy will be testing antibodies of recovered COVID-19 patients to see how long…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 13, 2020
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AI diagnostic predicts COVID-19 without testing

Editor's Note In this study, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston; King’s College, London; and health science company Zoe Global, Accra, Ghana; developed an artificial intelligence (AI) diagnostic that can predict whether someone is likely to have COVID-19 based on their symptoms. The researchers analyzed data from 2,618,862 people…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 12, 2020
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Dr Gawande stepping down as Haven CEO

Editor's Note The May 8 Wall Street Journal reports that Atul Gawande, MD, is stepping away from the day-to-day operations of  Haven—the Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway healthcare venture. Instead Dr Gawande will be chairman of the joint venture so he can focus more on policy and advocacy work, particularly related…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 12, 2020
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OR leaders chart new territory for resuming elective surgery

Elective surgical procedures that were temporarily suspended in mid-March are now on the table—or soon will be—at some US facilities. The ban, announced on March 18 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was enacted to free up resources for facilities overwhelmed by surges of COVID-19 patients. On…

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By: Elizabeth Wood
May 12, 2020
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Children's hospital revises patient care criteria for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on all aspects of healthcare delivery worldwide. For children’s hospitals, the crisis has created unique challenges in ensuring patient and provider safety as well as helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 through their communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
May 12, 2020
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