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Patients' perception of personal protective equipment during the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.3233/JRS-227032
The International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine; Pathan AZ, Barwell J et. al.

Aug 2nd, 2022 - Since the outbreak of the coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2), wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) has become necessary. Patients' ability to recognize staff is disrupted impacting on the relationship between healthcare worker and patient. Assess the patients' perspective of healthcare workers wearing PPE and its effect on communication. Admitted Orthopaedic patients during the first wave of SARS-...

Methylene blue applied to N95 respirators and medical masks for SARS-CoV-2 decontaminat...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2022.03.003
American Journal of Infection Control; Lendvay TS, Xu J et. al.

Aug 1st, 2022 - Global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), as consequence of the COVID-19 global pandemic, has unmasked significant resource inequities prompting efforts to develop methods for safe PPE decontamination for reuse. The World Health Organization (WHO) in their Rational Use of PPE bulletin cited the use of a photodynamic dye, methylene blue, and light exposure as a viable option for N9...

A mixed methods study on effectiveness and appropriateness of face shield use as COVID-...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9329084
American Journal of Infection Control; Brainard J, Hall S et. al.

Aug 1st, 2022 - Face shields were widely used in 2020-2021 as facial personal protective equipment (PPE). Laboratory evidence about how protective face shields might be and whether real world user priorities and usage habits conflicted with best practice for maximum possible protection was lacking - especially in limited resource settings. Relative protective potential of 13 face shield designs were tested in ...

Methylene blue in combination with sunlight as a low cost and effective disinfection me...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9329071
American Journal of Infection Control; Vos KA, Gordon PMK et. al.

Aug 1st, 2022 - Using the Murine Hepatitis Virus (MHV) A59 coronavirus as a SARS-CoV-2 animal surrogate, we validated that methylene blue (MB) in combination with sunlight exposure is a robust, fast, and low-cost decontamination method for PPE that should be added to the toolbox of practical pandemic preparedness.

Exploring inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV, Ebola, Lassa, and Nipah viruses on N95 ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9329093
American Journal of Infection Control; Scholte FEM, Kabra KB et. al.

Aug 1st, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a worldwide shortage of N95 respirators, prompting the development of decontamination methods to enable limited reuse. Countries lacking reliable supply chains would also benefit from the ability to safely reuse PPE. Methylene blue (MB) is a light-activated dye with demonstrated antimicrobial activity used to sterilize blood plasma. Decontamination of respirato...

Personal Protective Equipment for Liver Transplant in SARS-CoV-2 Polymerase Chain React...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9157021
Transplantation Proceedings; Raveh Y, Livingstone J et. al.

Jul 26th, 2022 - Personal protective equipment (PPE) comes in several variations, and is the principal safety gear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the user is severely impacted by its serious nonergonomic features. What PPE is appropriate for labor-intensive cases, like liver transplant (LT), remains unknown. We describe our experience with 2 types of PPE used during 2 separate LT performed in COVI...

Emergency department personnel patient care-related COVID-19 risk.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9307202
PloS One; Mohr NM, Krishnadasan A et. al.

Jul 23rd, 2022 - Emergency department (ED) health care personnel (HCP) are at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. The objective of this study was to determine the attributable risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection from providing ED care, describe personal protective equipment use, and identify modifiable ED risk factors. We hypothesized that providing ED patient care increases the probability of acquiring SARS-CoV-2 infecti...

Ozone treatment effectively eliminates SARS-CoV-2 from infected face masks.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9307172
PloS One; Córdoba-Lanús E, García-Pérez O et. al.

Jul 23rd, 2022 - The current COVID-19 pandemic is causing profound health, economic, and social problems worldwide. The global shortage of medical and personal protective equipment (PPE) in specialized centers during the outbreak demonstrated the need for efficient methods to disinfect and recycle them in times of emergency. We have previously described that high ozone concentrations destroyed viral RNA in an i...

Is Pre-endoscopy COVID Testing Still Needed?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/977763

Jul 22nd, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Pre-endoscopy viral testing may not be necessary to prevent coronavirus transmission from patients to endoscopy staff members, according to a new study published in Gut. Instead, using personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination among the medical team was fou...

Unionized Nursing Homes Had Fewer Infections and Deaths from COVID-19.
https://doi.org/10.1097/01.NAJ.0000854928.10682.50
The American Journal of Nursing;

Jul 22nd, 2022 - Factors associated with worse outcomes include staff shortages, insufficient PPE.

Covid-19: Up to £2.7bn of public money at risk from PPE disputes, says watchdog.
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o1817
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Dyer C

Jul 21st, 2022 - Covid-19: Up to £2.7bn of public money at risk from PPE disputes, says watchdog.|2022|Dyer C,|prevention & control,

Pre-endoscopy COVID-19 testing may not be needed
https://www.mdedge.com/internalmedicine/article/256383/gastroenterology/pre-endoscopy-covid-19-testing-may-not-be-needed
Carolyn Crist

Jul 19th, 2022 - Pre-endoscopy viral testing may not be necessary to prevent coronavirus transmission from patients to endoscopy staff members, according to a new study published in Gut. Instead, using personal protective equipment (PPE) and ensuring up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination among the medical team was found to be enough to substantially reduce the risk of spreading SARS-CoV-2, wrote Alexander Hann, Dr.

Responding to COVID-19 While Serving Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: The Pandemic E...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9289898
Journal of Primary Care & Community Health; Gin JL, Balut MD et. al.

Jul 15th, 2022 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides essential care through transitional housing and healthcare for Veterans experiencing homelessness through the Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program and the Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT), respectively. At the onset of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, GPD organizations and HPACT clinics faced the challenge of being essential providers tasked w...

Guidance for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation of Children With Suspected or Confirmed COVI...
https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-056043
Pediatrics Morgan RW, Atkins DL et. al.

Jul 13th, 2022 - This document aims to provide guidance to healthcare workers for the provision of basic and advanced life support to children and neonates with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. It aligns with the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care while providing strategies for reducing risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to healthcare p...

Preparedness and management during the first phase of the COVID-19 outbreak - a survey ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9275270
BMC Health Services Research; Dale JN, Morken T et. al.

Jul 13th, 2022 - The emergency primary care (EPC) services in Norway have been at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Knowledge about the EPC services' management of the COVID-19 outbreak can be used to prepare for future outbreaks and improve patient management. The objectives of this study were to identify pandemic preparedness and management strategies in EPC centres in Norway during the COVID-19 outbrea...

Determining Viral Disinfection Efficacy of Hot Water Laundering.
https://doi.org/10.3791/64164
Journal of Visualized Experiments : JoVE; Mikelonis A, Archer J et. al.

Jul 12th, 2022 - This protocol provides an example of a laboratory process for conducting laundering studies that generate data on viral disinfection. While the protocol was developed for research during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is intended to be a framework, adaptable to other virus disinfection studies; it demonstrates the steps for preparing the test virus, inoculating the test ma...

Nonverbal Neurocognitive Assessment during the Coronavirus Disease of 2019 Pandemic: th...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9278219
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology : the Official Journ... Lichtenstein J, Niemczak C et. al.

Jul 10th, 2022 - The coronavirus disease of 2019 pandemic has increased personal protective equipment (PPE) use in medical settings. The current study examined the effect of PPE on a nonverbal measure of neurocognitive functioning. The Leiter International Performance Scale, Third Edition (Leiter-3) was administered to 125 children between the ages of three and eight. Fifty-nine children were assessed twice wit...

Evolving Trends in the Management of Acute Appendicitis During COVID-19 Waves: The ACIE...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9332068
World Journal of Surgery; Pata F, Di Martino M et. al.

Jul 10th, 2022 - In 2020, ACIE Appy study showed that COVID-19 pandemic heavily affected the management of patients with acute appendicitis (AA) worldwide, with an increased rate of non-operative management (NOM) strategies and a trend toward open surgery due to concern of virus transmission by laparoscopy and controversial recommendations on this issue. The aim of this study was to survey again the same group ...

The impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of radiography staff and managers in Northe...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9234019
Radiography (London, England : 1995); Flood T, McFadden S et. al.

Jul 9th, 2022 - Increasing evidence suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the mental health of health professionals, including radiographers. Less is known about the effect of the pandemic on the mental health of radiography managers. Radiography managers have led their teams through the pandemic, making unpopular decisions to safeguard staff and patients. This study explores radiography managers'...

Access to personal protective equipment in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pande...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9255515
BMC Health Services Research; Martin CA, Pan D et. al.

Jul 6th, 2022 - Healthcare workers (HCWs) are at high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) reduces this risk. We sought to determine the prevalence and predictors of self-reported access to appropriate PPE (aPPE) for HCWs in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. We conducted cross sectional analyses using data from a nationwide questionnaire-based cohort study admin...