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Changes in Restrictions, Mandatory Vaccination: Global COVID-19 Weekly Highlights
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966953

Jan 20th, 2022 - In the UK, the biggest news of the week is that it looks as if Omicron numbers are finally going down, meaning that the wave has now peaked. Hospital numbers, which were doubling every 9 days 2 weeks ago, have now stabilised. Due to this, the Government is ending Plan B, and returning to Plan A, which means that mandatory certifications will end and people can stop working from home. Mask weari...

Hospital Rooms Housing COVID-19 Patients Usually Not Contaminated With Virus
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966828

Jan 20th, 2022 - NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The rate of contamination of surfaces in rooms with hospitalized COVID-19 patients is low, researchers report. Of the 347 individual samples collected from the rooms of 20 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2, less than 6% were positive via RT-PCR and only one demonstrated cytopathic effect (CPE), researchers report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. "The presence of SARS...

Covid-19: Government's use of VIP lane for awarding PPE contracts was unlawful, says ju...
https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o96
BMJ (Clinical Research Ed.); Dyer C

Jan 15th, 2022 - Covid-19: Government's use of VIP lane for awarding PPE contracts was unlawful, says judge.|2022|Dyer C,|

Quantification of Single Use Plastics Waste Generated in Clinical Dental Practice and H...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jdent.2022.103948
Journal of Dentistry; Martin PN, Mulligan DS et. al.

Jan 14th, 2022 - To quantify (by number and mass) single use plastic waste generated from the provision of oral healthcare in primary and secondary care clinical dental settings in the UK. An observational study of four dental practices and the clinics of a UK undergraduate dental teaching hospital was conducted. A range of routine common procedures were observed by trained and calibrated observers; these were:...

Biden Administration to Make 'High-Quality' Masks Available for Free
https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19vaccine/96664

Jan 13th, 2022 - WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration will make more high-quality masks available for free beginning next week as part of its strategy to stem the increasing tide of COVID-19 cases, President Biden said Thursday. "We have helped make sure that high-quality masks are widely available and [in] ample supply at affordable prices ... but for some Americans a mask is not always affordable or conveni...

The Effect of Race and Dementia Prevalence on a COVID-19 Infection Control Intervention...
https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glab355
The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Science... Dufour AB, Kosar C et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - Nursing home (NH) residents, especially those who were Black or with dementia, had the highest infection rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 9-week COVID-19 infection control intervention in 360 Massachusetts NHs showed adherence to an infection control checklist with proper personal protective equipment (PPE) use and cohorting was associated with declines in weekly infection rates. NHs were ...

Exploring the knowledge, attitudes, practices and lived experiences of frontline health...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8753096
BMJ Open; Tune SNBK, Islam BZ et. al.

Jan 13th, 2022 - This study explored Frontline Health Workers' (FLWs) knowledge, attitude and practice (KAP) on COVID-19 and their lived experiences, in both their personal and work lives, at the early stage of the pandemic in Bangladesh. This was a qualitative study conducted through telephone interviews in May 2020. A total of 41 FLWs including physicians, nurses, paramedics, community healthcare workers and ...

Government's 'VIP Fast Lane' for PPE Contracts Ruled Unlawful by High Court
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/965702

Jan 13th, 2022 - Doctors have welcomed a ruling by the High Court that the Government's operation of a so-called 'VIP fast track' for awarding personal protective equipment (PPE) contracts worth almost £600 million was unlawful. A 'high priority lane' for procurement was set up at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic during a rush to secure PPE supplies. Rules allowing contracts to be awarded without competition ...

COVID Absences Remain High Among NHS Staff but Show Signs of Reducing
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966546

Jan 13th, 2022 - Nurses' leaders described the latest figures for NHS staff in England who were absent because of COVID-19 as "troublingly high", despite indications that the situation might be easing. Overall, 40,031 staff at acute hospital trusts were absent due to SARS-CoV-2 on January 9, an increase of 2.3% a week previously, NHS England data showed. However, the data suggests that absences because of COVID...

Incidental Cases and Staff Shortages Make COVID's Next Act Tough for Hospitals
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966550

Jan 13th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons. The surge driven by the extremely infectious omicron variant helped push the South Florida hospital with 206 licens...

One Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Dental Medical Facilities in Germany: A Questionna...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8750787
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Zellmer S, Bachmann E et. al.

Jan 12th, 2022 - (1) Background: The COVID-19 pandemic forced healthcare workers to adapt to challenges in both patient care and self-protection. Dental practitioners were confronted with a potentially high possibility of infection transmission due to aerosol-generating procedures. This study aims to present data on healthcare worker (HCW) screening, infection status of HCWs, pre-interventional testing, the use...

Comparison of Vie Scope® and Macintosh laryngoscopes for intubation during resuscitatio...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8731221
The American Journal of Emergency Medicine; Szarpak L, Peacock FW et. al.

Jan 12th, 2022 - Endotracheal intubation (ETI) is still the gold standard of airway management, but in cases of sudden cardiac arrest in patients with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection, ETI is associated with risks for both the patient and the medical personnel. We hypothesized that the Vie Scope® is more useful for endotracheal intubation of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cardiac arrest patients than the convent...

Healthcare professionals' experience of using in situ simulation training in preparatio...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8743834
BMJ Open; Juelsgaard J, Løfgren B et. al.

Jan 9th, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic forced hospital organisation and healthcare professionals to prepare for large quantities of patients in isolation rooms. In situ simulation may seem promising in order to manage the organisational changes that the pandemic require. This study aims to investigate in situ simulations influence on healthcare professional's self-perceived preparedness to face the pandemic. A ...

Psychosocial responses to COVID-19 among nurses in two hospitals: a mixed method study ...
https://doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2021.2022634
Journal of Mental Health (Abingdon, England); Pokharel R, Shah T et. al.

Jan 6th, 2022 - Most documented studies have focused on mental health status of health care workers during the pandemic but there are very few studies, focusing on mitigation of mental health problems among nurses. To study psychosocial responses to COVID-19 and the effectiveness of intervention among nurses. A mixed-method study was conducted, including 278 nurses from two COVID-19 hospitals of the province b...

I Saw Firsthand What It Takes to Keep COVID Out of Hong Kong. It Felt Like a Different Planet.
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966146

Jan 6th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As I walked off the jet bridge into Hong Kong International Airport, I stepped into another world. I was home for Christmas, to see my parents for the first time in two years. But first, I had to get through a gantlet of COVID-19 precautions that envelop the city like a protective bubble. Incomi...

At the Epicenter: How SCCA Braced Itself for COVID-19
https://www.onclive.com/view/at-the-epicenter-how-scca-braced-itself-for-covid19

Jan 3rd, 2022 - Masumi Ueda, MD, MA When the first case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed in Washington on January 20, 2020 clinicians at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) decided to act expeditiously and unhesitatingly to minimize disease spread. Unbeknownst at the time, Seattle would quickly become one of the first epicenters of COVID-19. Masumi Ueda, MD, MA, assistant medical director...

Ethical Principles in Personal Protective Equipment Inventory Management Decisions and ...
https://doi.org/10.1177/00333549211058734
Public Health Reports (Washington, D.C. : 1974); Merchant T, Hormozian S et. al.

Jan 1st, 2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented strain on the personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain. Given the dearth of PPE and consequences for transmission, GetMePPE Chicago (GMPC) developed a PPE allocation framework and system, distributing 886 900 units to 274 institutions from March 2020 to July 2021 to address PPE needs. As the pandemic evolved, GMPC made difficult decisions abou...

Foster care during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative analysis of caregiver and profe...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8669913
Child Abuse & Neglect; Whitt-Woosley A, Sprang G et. al.

Jan 1st, 2022 - Research is needed to facilitate better understanding of how different groups have been impacted by COVID-19, especially those in already strained service systems such as foster care. These inquiries will support further response, recovery and preparedness efforts. This qualitative study addressed how professionals and caregivers in foster care described being affected by COVID-19 in order to s...

Tracheostomy care and communication during COVID-19: Global interprofessional perspecti...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8695522
American Journal of Otolaryngology; Moser CH, Freeman-Sanderson A et. al.

Dec 31st, 2021 - Investigate healthcare providers, caregivers, and patient perspectives on tracheostomy care barriers during COVID-19. Cross-sectional anonymous survey SETTING: Global Tracheostomy Collaborative Learning Community METHODS: A 17-item questionnaire was electronically distributed, assessing demographic and occupational data; challenges in ten domains of tracheostomy care; and perceptions regarding ...

Adherence to non-pharmacological preventive measures among healthcare workers in a midd...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8709789
American Journal of Infection Control; Costa SF, Vernal S et. al.

Dec 28th, 2021 - This study assessed, using a self-reported questionnaire, the adherence to PPE (mask, gowns, and gloves) at the workplace, as well as to non-pharmacological preventive measures (NPPM) (physical distance defined as hardly ever and/or never approaches other people within 1.5 meters, social isolation as leaving home less than once a week, hand hygiene was defined as performing hand hygiene ≥ 6 tim...