Tag: Disaster Planning

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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Innovation Spot: Leveraging technology to address gaps in staffing

Is technology part of the answer for nursing staff woes? As COVID-19 patients continue to fill hospital beds, caregivers are feeling exhausted, burned out, and unappreciated. OR nurses have been especially hit hard, as shifts in surgeries and overflowing patient wards stretch OR nurses beyond their limits and comfort zones.…

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By: Christine Havlin, MBA, BS, RN and Kim Haines, BSN, RN, CNOR
April 22, 2022
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Study: Moral distress experienced by nurses on frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, nurse researchers from DePaul University in Chicago document the emotions of 100 nurses throughout the US who cared for patients during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings: Nurses described many forms of frustration while providing patient care, such as frustration with healthcare…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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Rates of COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of Chicago finds that unvaccinated adults with prior COVID-19 infection had an 85% lower risk of acquiring COVID-19 again than unvaccinated adults without prior COVID-19. The researchers analyzed data from patients tested for COVID-19 at 1,300 sites of care in 6 western states…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 21, 2022
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ACS: Actors promote STOP THE BLEED in PSA for people of Ukraine

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced on April 14 that actors from two medical TV dramas are helping spread lifesaving STOP THE BLEED information to the people of Ukraine in a new Public Service Announcement (PSA). The PSA, which features Ryan Eggold from “New Amsterdam” (NBC/Universal) and…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 19, 2022
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COVID-19 lockdown associated with decline in preterm C-sections

Editor's Note Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows a 0.4% decline in cesarean and induced deliveries for preterm births during the COVID-10 pandemic lockdown, between March and December 2020, according to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. The researchers also noted other birth trends, including…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 12, 2022
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CDC: COVID-19 cases rising again nationwide

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published April 8 shows that cases are rising again nationwide, for the first time since January, the April 8 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The 7-day case average as of April 6 was 26,596, which is…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Tracking HCW turnover during COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note In this study, researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, find that turnover among nearly all segments of the healthcare workforce has not yet fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, with turnover rates among long-term care workers and physicians worsening over time. Of…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Researchers develop highly accurate 30-second COVID-19 test

Editor's Note Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have helped develop a testing device that can detect COVID-19 infection within 30 seconds, with the sensitivity and accuracy of a PCR test. The hand-held device is powered by a 9-volt battery and uses test strips similar to those used in…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 11, 2022
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Attacks on healthcare in the Ukraine war

Editor's Note As of March 31, there have been 82 attacks on healthcare workers and facilities in Ukraine that have resulted in 72 deaths and 43 injuries, and most attacks involved the use of heavy weapons against healthcare facilities, personnel, patients, and medical supplies, according to this JAMA Viewpoint article,…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 6, 2022
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