Tag: COVID-19

ACS releases new guidance to help healthcare facilities prepare for resuming surgery

Editor' Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) on April 17 released a new document, “Local Resumption of Elective Surgery Guidance,” to help healthcare facilities prepare to resume elective surgery once COVID-19 has peaked in their area. The document includes four categories: COVID Awareness—addresses the community’s COVID-19 numbers, including prevalence,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2020
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CDC: Transmission of COVID-19 to HCW from a hospitalized patient in Solano County, California

Editor's Note In this study, unprotected, prolonged patient contact and certain exposures, including aerosol-generating procedures, were linked to SARS-CoV-2 infection in healthcare workers (HCW) exposed to a hospitalized patient with unrecognized COVID-19 in Solano County, California. Of 121 HCW exposed to a patient with unrecognized COVID-19, 43 became symptomatic and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2020
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CMS issues recommendations on reopening hospitals in areas with low COVID-19 incidence

Editor's Note: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 19 issued recommendations on how hospitals and healthcare systems can protect their staff and patients as they reopen for nonemergent care. The new recommendations update earlier guidance on limiting nonessential surgical and medical procedures and are specifically targeted…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 20, 2020
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COVID-19 awareness, attitudes, behaviors among US adults

Editor's Note Many adults with comorbid conditions lacked critical knowledge about COVID-19, and, despite concern, they did not change their routines or plans, this study finds. In this cross-sectional survey of 630 adults aged 23 to 88 years, and living with one or more chronic conditions: 24.6% were “very worried”…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2020
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CDC: Characteristics of healthcare workers with COVID-10

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on April 14 released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on the characteristics of healthcare workers (HCW) with COVID-19 in the US. From February 12 to April 9, 2020, there were 9,282 cases of COVID-19 reported among HCWs. The median…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2020
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FDA updates actions taken in response to COVID-19

Editor's Note Among the actions announced April 15 by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are: Issuance of two new emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for serology tests, to detect for presence of coronavirus antibodies, to Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc, and Chembio Diagnostic systems, Inc. Issuance…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2020
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FDA encourages recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma for development of therapies

Editor's Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on April 16 provided an update on a potential treatment for COVID-19, called convalescent plasma, and encouraged those who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate this antibody-rich plasma to help others fight this disease. Patients who have fully recovered for at…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 16, 2020
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New scoring system to ethically, efficiently prioritize surgical procedures during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note Researcher at the University of Chicago have developed a new scoring system that helps surgeons across all specialties decide when to proceed with necessary surgical procedures in the face of resource constraints and increased risks posed by COVID-19. The process, called Medically Necessary, Time-Sensitive (MeNTS) prioritization, was created…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2020
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ANA launches Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses

Editor's Note The American Nurses Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), has launched the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses, enabling the public to demonstrate their support and thank nurses. The fund will address identified, emerging needs of nurses by: providing direct assistance to nurses serving on…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 15, 2020
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Australian researchers test lung ventilation of two patients with one ventilator

Editor's Note In this experimental study from Australia, researchers investigate the effect of ventilator splitting on system variables (ie, inspiratory pressure, flow, and volume) and the possibility of different ventilation targets for each limb. Connecting two patients to the same ventilator presents many challenges: ventilation requirements are different for different…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 14, 2020
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