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Consensus Statement on Urinary Stone Treatment During A Pandemic: A Delphi Process from...
https://doi.org/10.1089/end.2021.0477
Journal of Endourology; Scotland K, Tailly T et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the care of patients with urolithiasis. Recommendations and prioritization of endourologic surgical procedures vary among regions and a comprehensive overall international directive is needed. We used the Delphi method to obtain international consensus on managing urolithiasis patients during the pandemic. A three-round Delphi process was us...

Tracheostomy in COVID-19 acute respiratory distress syndrome patients and follow-up: A ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8694414
PloS One; Evrard D, Jurcisin I et. al.

Dec 23rd, 2021 - Tracheostomy has been proposed as an option to help organize the healthcare system to face the unprecedented number of patients hospitalized for a COVID-19-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in intensive care units (ICU). It is, however, considered a particularly high-risk procedure for contamination. This paper aims to provide our experience in performing tracheostomies on COVI...

Feasibility of a High-Volume Filter Sampler for Detecting SARS-CoV-2 RNA in COVID-19 Pa...
https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxab100
Annals of Work Exposures and Health; Wilson AM, Kaur K et. al.

Nov 19th, 2021 - Aerosolization of SARS-CoV-2 by COVID-19 patients can put healthcare workers and susceptible individuals at risk of infection. Air sampling for SARS-CoV-2 has been conducted in healthcare settings, but methods vary widely and there is need for improvement. The objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using a high-volume filter sampler, BioCapture z720, to detect SARS-CoV-2 in ...

Surfaces and Air contamination by SARS-CoV-2 using High-flow Nasal Oxygenation or Assis...
https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiab564
The Journal of Infectious Diseases; Lebreil AL, Greux V et. al.

Nov 18th, 2021 - Understanding patterns of environmental contamination by SARS-CoV-2 is essential for infection prevention policies. We screened surfaces and air samples from single bed ICU rooms of COVID-19 adult patients for SARS-CoV-2 RNA and viable viruses. We evidenced viral RNA environmental contamination in 76% of 100 surfaces samples and in 30% of 40 air samples without any viable virus detection by cel...

Evaluation of Residual Infectivity after SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Transmission in a Controlle...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8582643
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Zupin L, Licen S et. al.

Nov 14th, 2021 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is mainly transmitted through respiratory droplets, aerosols, or direct contact with fomites from an infected subject. It has been reported that SARS-CoV-2 is stable and viable in aerosol up to 16 h in controlled laboratory conditions. However, the aerosolization conditions varied a lot between the studies. In this work, an exper...

Association of Sleep-Related Hypoxia With Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalizations and Mortali...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8581726
JAMA Network Open; Pena Orbea C, Wang L et. al.

Nov 11th, 2021 - The influence of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and sleep-related hypoxemia in SARS-CoV-2 viral infection and COVID-19 outcomes remains unknown. Controversy exists regarding whether to continue treatment for SDB with positive airway pressure given concern for aerosolization with limited data to inform professional society recommendations. To investigate the association of SDB (identified via ...

A Novel Three-Dimensional Robot Arm Steered Camera for Ear Surgery.
https://doi.org/10.1097/SCS.0000000000007858 10.1007/s00405-020-06510-w
The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery; Tekin AM, Saadi MA et. al.

Oct 28th, 2021 - Ear surgery requires magnified imaging of anatomical structures from its beginning to achieve safe and successful surgical outcomes. The historical evolution of magnification in otology has developed from monocular to binocular, and to three-dimensional and even to digital in modern times. Current technological advancements pursue high-quality visualization for the best surgical outcomes but al...

Strategy for Safe Bronchoscopy during COVID pandemic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8526119
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery; Lim WY, Ng B et. al.

Oct 23rd, 2021 - Aerosol generating procedures are avoided for COVID-19 patients to lower the risk of transmission to healthcare providers. However, when bronchoscopy is indicated, it remains unclear if the procedure performed under general anesthesia leads to contamination of the surroundings and if standard endoscopy reprocessing methods are effective in eradicating SARS-CoV-2. We share our experience of bron...

Objective Assessment of Aerosolization During Transnasal Endoscopy: A Systematic Review.
https://doi.org/10.1177/01945998211050632
Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal ... Matos S, Sharma A et. al.

Oct 13th, 2021 - The goal of this systematic review is to assimilate the literature on objective assessment of particulate aerosolization during transnasal endoscopic procedures. PubMed and hand-searched articles. The PubMed electronic database was searched using Medical Subject Headings and free-text search terms relating to aerosolization and transnasal endoscopic procedures from inception to November 16, 202...

Rate of COVID-19 Infection in Patients Following Otolaryngology vs Non-otolaryngology O...
https://doi.org/10.1177/01945998211049702
Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal ... Workman AD, Varvares MA et. al.

Sep 29th, 2021 - Routine outpatient otolaryngology visits have been identified as potential vectors for increased transmission of COVID-19 relative to other medical encounters. This is in part due to the inability of patients to mask during comprehensive otolaryngology examination and potential propensity for aerosolization during upper airway procedures, including endoscopy and nasopharyngoscopy. Using a match...

VACuum INtubation (VACcIN) box restricts the exhaled air dispersion generated by simula...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8475855
Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing; Issa R, Urbanowicz R et. al.

Sep 26th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has caused personal protective equipment shortages worldwide and required healthcare workers to develop novel ways of protecting themselves. Anesthesiologists in particular are exposed to increased risks of contamination when performing interventions such as airway manipulations. We developed and tested an aerosolization protective device which contains aerosols around the...

Clinical Policies and Procedures for Critical Care Transport during a Respiratory Pande...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8503069
Prehospital and Disaster Medicine; Leisten DC, Wheeler J et. al.

Sep 23rd, 2021 - The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease-2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic of 2020-2021 created unprecedented challenges for clinicians in critical care transport (CCT). These CCT services had to rapidly adjust their clinical approaches to evolving patient demographics, a preponderance of respiratory failure, and transport utilization stratagem. Organizations had to develop and implement...

Aerosolization risk during endoscopic transnasal surgery: a prospective qualitative and...
https://doi.org/10.3171/2021.3.JNS204415
Journal of Neurosurgery; Russo F, Valentini M et. al.

Sep 18th, 2021 - The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic represents the greatest public health emergency of this century. The primary mode of viral transmission is droplet transmission through direct contact with large droplets generated during breathing, talking, coughing, and sneezing. However, the virus can also demonstrate airborne transmission through smaller droplets (< 5 μm in diameter) generate...

What is the risk of a deadly adenovirus pandemic?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8412336
PLoS Pathogens; Kremer EJ

Sep 3rd, 2021 - Many of us had refresher courses in virology, immunology, and epidemiology in 2020, and we were reminded of the fact that Homo sapiens, the wiliest predator on the planet, has been hunting everything that moves for millennia. These repeated interspecies contacts inherently lead to recurrent zoonosis (nonhuman to human) and anthroponosis (human to nonhuman). Given the accelerating changes in our...

COVID-19 lessons learned: a global perspective.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8390033
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control; Kavanagh KT, Pontus C et. al.

Aug 28th, 2021 - One June 15, 2021, infectious disease authorities from around the world participated in a joint webinar to share experiences and lessons learned in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the overriding goals of the conference "COVID-19 Lessons Learned: A Global Perspective" was to provide documentation of worldwide COVID-19 response strategies, in order to combat the plethora of misinformatio...

Characteristics of SARS-CoV2 that may be useful for nanoparticle pulmonary drug delivery.
https://doi.org/10.1080/1061186X.2021.1971236
Journal of Drug Targeting; Rabiei M, Kashanian S et. al.

Aug 21st, 2021 - As a non-invasive method of local and systemic drug delivery, the administration of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) via the pulmonary route represents an ideal approach for the therapeutic treatment of pulmonary diseases. The pulmonary route provides a number of advantages, including the rapid absorption which results from a high level of vascularisation over a large surface area and t...

Lessons from COVID-19: A reflection on the strengths and weakness of early consensus re...
https://doi.org/10.1111/pan.14272
Paediatric Anaesthesia; Stein ML, Park RS et. al.

Aug 14th, 2021 - The authors recognized a gap in existing guidelines and convened a modified Delphi process to address novel issues in pediatric difficult airway management raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Pediatric Difficult Intubation Collaborative, a working group of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, assembled an international panel to reach consensus recommendations on pediatric difficult airway man...

Personal Protective Equipment Adherence of Pediatric Resuscitation Team Members During ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8164378
Annals of Emergency Medicine; Alberto EC, McCarthy KH et. al.

Aug 7th, 2021 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers have had the highest risk of infection among essential workers. Although personal protective equipment (PPE) use is associated with lower infection rates, appropriate use of PPE has been variable among health care workers, even in settings with COVID-19 patients. We aimed to evaluate the patterns of PPE adherence during emergency department resu...

Percutaneous Tracheostomy in Respiratory Failure Due to COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1097/LBR.0000000000000800
Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology; Cohen SE, Lopez AR et. al.

Aug 5th, 2021 - Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can lead to hypoxemic respiratory failure resulting in prolonged mechanical ventilation. Typically, tracheostomy is considered in patients who remain ventilator dependent beyond 2 weeks. However, in the setting of this novel respiratory virus, the safety and benefits of tracheostomy are not well-defined. Our aim is to describe our experience with percutaneous...

Dental Mitigation Strategies to Reduce Aerosolization of SARS-CoV-2.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8649409
Journal of Dental Research; Vernon JJ, Black EVI et. al.

Aug 3rd, 2021 - Limiting infection transmission is central to the safety of all in dentistry, particularly during the current severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic. Aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs) are crucial to the practice of dentistry; it is imperative to understand the inherent risks of viral dispersion associated with AGPs and the efficacy of available mitigation strat...