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Covid-19: Doctors' leaders call for revised PPE guidance to reflect new variants.
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n146
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Iacobucci G

Jan 16th, 2021 - Covid-19: Doctors' leaders call for revised PPE guidance to reflect new variants.|2021|Iacobucci G,|

Inequities in Employment by Race, Ethnicity, and Sector During COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s40615-021-00963-3 10.1111/ajes.12230 10.1073/pnas.1706255114 10.1111/1475-6773.13225 10.1007/s12103-020-09541-5 10.1111/1475-6773.13216 10.1136/oemed-2013-101891 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30571-8 10.1001/jama.298.24.2886 10.3892/etm.2020.8671 10.1111/jgs.16238 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30893-X 10.1016/j.brat.2020.103715 10.1002/ajim.23145 10.1016/j.jvb.2020.103439 10.1016/s0140-6736(20)30792-3 10.1037/tra0000889 10.1093/aje/154.4.299
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities; Gemelas J, Davison J et. al.

Jan 16th, 2021 - To determine whether people of Color experienced disparate levels of employment loss in frontline versus non-frontline occupations during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey data was analyzed in a cross-sectional study. Percent change in number employed was tabulated quarterly for groups by race and ethnicity (Black or African American, A...

Implementing a Novel Through-Glass Chest Radiography Technique for COVID-19 Patients: I...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7794604
Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology; Chan J, Auffermann W et. al.

Jan 15th, 2021 - The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has presented many logistical challenges, including unprecedented shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). A technique of obtaining portable chest radiographs (pCXR) through glass doors or windows to minimize technologist-patient contact and conserve PPE has gained popularity, but remains incompletely evaluated in the literature. Our goal was t...

Management of tracheostomy in COVID-19 patients: The Japanese experience.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7794599
Auris, Nasus, Larynx; Yokokawa T, Ariizumi Y et. al.

Jan 15th, 2021 - Involvement in the tracheostomy procedure for COVID-19 patients can lead to a feeling of fear in medical staff. To address concerns over infection, we gathered and analyzed experiences with tracheostomy in the COVID-19 patient population from all over Japan. The data for health-care workers involved in tracheostomies for COVID-19-infected patients were gathered from academic medical centers or ...

Impact of Gloves and Mask Use on Epidermal Barrier Function in Health Care Workers.
https://doi.org/10.1097/DER.0000000000000682 10.1111/jdv.16573 10.1017/ice.2020.212
Dermatitis : Contact, Atopic, Occupational, Drug; Montero-Vilchez T, Martinez-Lopez A et. al.

Jan 15th, 2021 - Coronavirus disease 2019 has rapidly spread all over the world. Personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and gloves is needed to avoid transmission. Adverse skin reactions associated with PPE have been described, but there is no information regarding objective measures to assess skin impairment related to PPE. The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of using facial mask and n...

UK COVID-19 Update: PPE Calls Rejected, Vitamin D Survey
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/944197

Jan 14th, 2021 - Editor's note, 16 January 2021: This article was updated to include new information from Public Health England and Downing Street. This evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced international travel corridors will end from Monday alongside the start of mandatory pre-travel negative test results. Later, Public Health England said 35 genomically confirmed and 12 genomically probable cases o...

COVID-19 and Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7798435
International Journal of Infectious Diseases : IJID : Official Publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases; Gholami M, Fawad I et. al.

Jan 14th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the challenges and risks faced by frontline healthcare workers (HCW). Our aim is to describe the clinical outcomes and risk factors for SARS- CoV-2 infection in HCW. Three databases were surveyed identifying 328 articles. Of these, 225 articles did not meet inclusion criteria; 97 full-text article were reviewed. Finally, after further revision, 30 ...

CSF rhinorrhoea after endonasal intervention to the skull base (CRANIAL).: Part 2: Impa...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wneu.2020.12.169
World Neurosurgery; , Bandyopadhyay S et. al.

Jan 14th, 2021 - During the pandemic, there has been a concern about the increased risk of perioperative mortality for patients with COVID-19, and the transmission risk to healthcare workers, particularly during endonasal neurosurgical operations. The Pituitary Society produced recommendations to guide management during this era. We sought to assess contemporary neurosurgical practice and the impact of COVID-19...

Modified full-face snorkel masks as reusable personal protective equipment for hospital...
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0244422
PloS One; Kroo L, Kothari A et. al.

Jan 13th, 2021 - Here we adapt and evaluate a full-face snorkel mask for use as personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers, who lack appropriate alternatives during the COVID-19 crisis in the spring of 2020. The design (referred to as Pneumask) consists of a custom snorkel-specific adapter that couples the snorkel-port of the mask to a rated filter (either a medical-grade ventilator inline filt...

Personal protective equipment for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection among healthc...
https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000003073
The Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery; Griswold DP, Gempeler A et. al.

Jan 12th, 2021 - Healthcare facilities in low- and middle-income countries are inadequately resourced to adhere to current COVID-19 prevention recommendations. Recommendations for surgical emergency trauma care measures need to be adequately informed by available evidence and adapt to particular settings. To inform future recommendations, we set to summarise the effects of different personal protective equipmen...

Personal protective equipment: knowledge of the guidance.
https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2021.30.1.16
British Journal of Nursing (Mark Allen Publishing); Bhamra N, Gupta K et. al.

Jan 12th, 2021 - On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic in the wake of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The unpredictable nature of transmission of COVID-19 requires a meticulous understanding of guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) as published by WHO and Public Health England (PHE). To assess perceived confidence and knowledge of PHE guidan...

UK COVID-19 Update: ICU PTSD, 24/7 Jabs, PPE Concerns
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/944010

Jan 12th, 2021 - Editor's note, 13 January 2021: This article was updated with today's daily data. Despite recent prioritisation of doctors and frontline staff for vaccination, an ongoing BMA member survey of more than 10,000 doctors finds 32% still haven't had a first jab. Across the UK, as of yesterday, 2,431,648 people have had their first dose and 412,167 had a second dose. England's Health Secretary Matt H...

A call to action: why medical education curriculum needs to encourage young physicians ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7802405
Archives of Dermatological Research; Sharma AA, Lee KC et. al.

Jan 12th, 2021 - Patient-centered and physician-led innovations are key to promoting physicians as visionary leaders in the healthcare system especially during times of crises. COVID-19 has inspired some promising recent advancements within medicine worth noting, including improvements in telemedicine, 3-D printed personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, drug and vaccine development, sterilization o...

Health Workers Unions See Surge in Interest Amid Covid
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/943963

Jan 11th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Nurses at Albany Medical Center picketed on Dec. 1, asking for more personal protective equipment. They say they're having to reuse N95 masks up to 20 times. The nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, declared on March 6 — by filing the official paperwork — that they were ready...

Cloth Masks Provide Inferior Protection vs Medical Masks, Suggests Evidence Review
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/943980

Jan 11th, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Cloth masks should not be considered equivalent to medical masks for the prevention of COVID-19 in clinical settings, according to an evidence review published Jan. 11 in Annals of Family Medicine "Health care workers are at the frontline and they need to be protected," said Abrar Ahmad Chughtai...

We still can't hear: Staff Perceptions of Personal Protective Equipment Impact on Speec...
https://doi.org/10.1111/pan.14127
Paediatric Anaesthesia; Hampton T, Sharma S et. al.

Jan 10th, 2021 - We wish to highlight the continued impact of personal protective equipment (PPE) (filtering facemask and powered respirators) as a barrier to communication when used during aerosol generating procedures such as pediatric airway surgery in the operating theatre during the endemic phase of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and present our multi-cadre staff survey to emphasize an ongoing potenti...

A rapid review of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare workers: im...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7794640
BMC Public Health; De Kock JH, Latham HA et. al.

Jan 10th, 2021 - Health and social care workers (HSCWs) have carried a heavy burden during the COVID-19 crisis and, in the challenge to control the virus, have directly faced its consequences. Supporting their psychological wellbeing continues, therefore, to be a priority. This rapid review was carried out to establish whether there are any identifiable risk factors for adverse mental health outcomes amongst HS...

Attitudes and Preparedness of Non-Front-Line Physicians in Saudi Arabia Toward the COVI...
https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.10
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness; Malaekah H, Aljahany M et. al.

Jan 8th, 2021 - To assess the attitudes (willingness) and preparedness of non-front-line physicians across different specialties in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) toward the management of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. This cross-sectional study conducted between April 15, 2020 and May 5, 2020 included 6,209 physicians working in KSA. An electronic questionnaire was designed and validated for the assessmen...

Adherence to Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemic Amon...
https://doi.org/10.1017/dmp.2021.12
Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness; Darwish OA, Aggarwal A et. al.

Jan 8th, 2021 - Protecting frontline healthcare workers with personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical during the COVID pandemic. Through an online survey, we demonstrated variable adherence to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) PPE guidelines among health care personnel (HCP). CDC guidelines for optimal and acceptable PPE usage in common situations faced by frontline healthcare worker...

Pragmatic Recommendations for Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Healthcare...
https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.20-1009
The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Cobb N, Papali A et. al.

Jan 7th, 2021 - Infection prevention and control (IPC) strategies are key in preventing nosocomial transmission of COVID-19. Several commonly used IPC practices are resource-intensive and may be challenging to implement in resource-constrained settings. An international group of healthcare professionals from or with experience in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) searched the literature for relevant evi...