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Medical face masks offer self-protection against aerosols: An evaluation using a practi...
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0248099
PloS One; Sterr CM, Nickel IL et. al.

Mar 3rd, 2021 - Since the appearance of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the question regarding the efficacy of various hygiene measures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) has become the focus of scientific and above all public discussion. To compare respirators, medical face masks, and cloth masks and determine if it is recommendable to wear face masks to protect t...

Laser dentistry in daily practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: Benefits, risks and rec...
https://doi.org/10.17219/acem/130598
Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine : Official... Arnabat-Dominguez J, Vecchio AD et. al.

Feb 26th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic forced dental professionals to cope with an unexpected challenge and caused an abrupt cessation of conventional care practices. The high degree of contagiousness as well as the diffusion of the virus through the air and droplets via respiratory transmission placed dental professionals at top-level risk of contracting and spreading the disease. General recommendations were ...

Reopening Interventional Pain Practices during the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Global P...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7928578
Pain Medicine (Malden, Mass.); Huynh L, Chang RG et. al.

Feb 24th, 2021 - Examine how interventional pain physicians navigated the early phase of reopening practices during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In June/July 2020, Spine Intervention Society members were queried about practice demographics, perception of COVID-19 prevalence, financial impact, and implementation of new tools and procedures when re-opening practices. Of the 2,295 members appr...

Challenges with healthcare workers' protection during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iran.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7584918
The British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery; Nasrabadi AN, Shali M et. al.

Feb 13th, 2021 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers stand in the frontline of the fight against the disease. This study aimed to assess the challenges with personal protection during the pandemic in Tehran, Iran. Seven-hundred healthcare workers were surveyed between April and May 2020, and the study was performed in surgical care wards. Questionnaires, which were sent to 1000 workers via online p...

Curved-crease origami face shields for infection control.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7869980
PloS One; Bukauskas A, Koronaki A et. al.

Feb 8th, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous global demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). Face shields are an important component of PPE for front-line workers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing protection of the face from splashes and sprays of virus-containing fluids. Existing face shield designs and manufacturing procedures may not allow for production and distributio...

Mitigating saliva aerosol contamination in a dental school clinic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7863034
BMC Oral Health; Yang M, Chaghtai A et. al.

Feb 6th, 2021 - Transmission of COVID-19 via salivary aerosol particles generated when using handpieces or ultrasonic scalers is a major concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this study was to assess the spread of dental aerosols on patients and dental providers during aerosol-generating dental procedures. This pilot study was conducted with one volunteer. A dental unit used at the dental school for...

In Philadelphia, a Scandal Erupts Over Vaccination Startup Led by 22-Year-Old
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/945201

Feb 2nd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. It started as a group of college friends who wanted to help during the pandemic. They had tech skills, so they used 3D printers to make face shields. Then they organized as a nonprofit, Philly Fighting Covid, and opened a testing site in a Philadelphia neighborhood that didn't have one yet. The ...

"Swords and Shields" against COVID-19 for patients with cancer at "clean" and "pandemic...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7819771
Supportive Care in Cancer : Official Journal of the Multi... Karacin C, Acar R et. al.

Jan 22nd, 2021 - COVID-19 will continue to disrupt the diagnosis-treatment process of cancer patients. Dr. Abdurrahman Yurtaslan Ankara Oncology Hospital has been considered as a 'non-pandemic' center ('clean') in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. The other state hospitals that also take care of cancer patients in Ankara were defined as 'pandemic' centers. This study aimed to evaluate hospital admission chang...

Mask use among pedestrians during the Covid-19 pandemic in Southwest Iran: an observati...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7807226
BMC Public Health; Rahimi Z, Shirali GA et. al.

Jan 15th, 2021 - Many countries have recommended the use of face masks for general population in public places to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This study aims to estimate the prevalence of face mask usage and investigate about different types of face mask and their distribution among pedestrians in southwest Iran during the Covid-19 pandemic. This cross-sectional study was conducted in August 2020 ...

Call to Arms: Vaccinating the Health Workforce of 21 Million Strong
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/943039

Dec 21st, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. As the first American healthcare workers rolled up their sleeves for a COVID-19 vaccine, the images were instantly frozen in history, marking the triumph of scientific know-how and ingenuity. Cameras captured the first trucks pulling out of a warehouse in Portage, Michigan, to the applause of wo...

Keeping Eyes Safe From COVID-19: What Works?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/942606

Dec 15th, 2020 - Dr Anthony Fauci has suggested that eyewear such as goggles or face shields can offer more complete protection from the virus that causes COVID-19 than covering the nose and mouth alone. Although stopping short of a universal recommendation, Fauci advocates eyewear for those who want "perfect protection of the mucosal surfaces," including the eyes. For the general public, eye protection is opti...

Skin and eye protection against ultraviolet C from ultraviolet germicidal irradiation d...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7753667
International Journal of Dermatology; Lyons AB, Narla S et. al.

Dec 1st, 2020 - With the COVID-19 pandemic depleting personal protective equipment worldwide, various methods including ultraviolet C (UVC) germicidal irradiation (UVGI) have been implemented to decontaminate N95 filtering facepiece respirators. These devices pose a risk for UVC exposure to the operator with reported adverse effects generally limited to the eyes and skin. Our hospitals are currently using UVC ...

Reduced field of view under the surgical microscope due to personal protective equipmen...
https://doi.org/10.3171/2020.9.FOCUS20370
Neurosurgical Focus; Celtikci E, Karaaslan B et. al.

Dec 1st, 2020 - During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, neurosurgeons all around the globe continue to operate in emergency cases using new self-protective measures. Personal protective equipment (PPE) use is recommended in all surgeries. The authors have experienced varying degrees of field of view (FOV) loss under the surgical microscope with different PPE. Herein, they aimed to investigate ...

Aerosol containment device for airway management of patients with COVID-19: a narrative...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7682515
Journal of Anesthesia; Saito T, Asai T

Nov 23rd, 2020 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is highly contagious. To protect healthcare workers from infection during airway management, some expert recommendations and guidelines recommended wearing P2/N95 masks, goggles or glasses, glove, face-shields, and gowns as standard personal protective equipment (PPE). Nevertheless, s...

States' Face-Covering Mandates Leave Gaps in Protection
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/941297

Nov 18th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. College students Colin Berg (left), Connor Dreher and Brady Bowman stroll through downtown Boulder, Colorado, in mid-November wearing matching neck gaiters. Some research suggests the thin material used in gaiters does not block as much of the coronavirus as cloth face masks do, even when worn c...

Personal protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic: a narrative review on technical...
https://doi.org/10.1080/17434440.2020.1852079
Expert Review of Medical Devices; Saran S, Gurjar M et. al.

Nov 18th, 2020 - Introduction: The current pandemic of novel Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has created a significant shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in many countries of the world, stressing medical services during this crisis. Along with addressing problems of demand and supply mismatch, there also a need to ensure the procurement of high-quality PPEs that provides both safety and comfor...

Availability of personal protective equipment and diagnostic and treatment facilities f...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7657544
PloS One; Martin-Delgado J, Viteri E et. al.

Nov 11th, 2020 - Many affected counties have had experienced a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. We aimed to investigate the needs of healthcare professionals and the technical difficulties faced by them during the initial outbreak. A cross-sectional web-based survey was conducted among the healthcare workforce in the most populous cities from th...

Project N95 Partnership Provided ASCO Members With Access to Personal Protective Equipment
https://ascopost.com/issues/november-10-2020/project-n95-partnership-provided-asco-members-with-access-to-personal-protective-equipment/

Nov 9th, 2020 - The COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a challenging year for everyone, including cancer care providers, many of whom have had difficulty obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for their patients and staff during the pandemic. To help ease this burden on its members, ASCO partnered with Project N95, a not-for-profit organization, to offer a discount on much-needed PPE for qualifying ASCO me...

Hospitalists Are Natural Leaders in the COVID Battle
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/939623

Oct 27th, 2020 - Christopher Pribula, MD, a hospitalist at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo, North Dakota, didn't anticipate becoming his hospital's resident expert on COVID. Having just returned from vacation in March, he agreed to cover for a colleague on what would become the special care unit. "When our hospital medicine group decided that it would be the COVID unit, I just ran with it," he said. Pr...

Barriers at the Scope: Use of Acrylic Shields at the Microscope During the Pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.5858/arpa.2020-0525-SA
Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine; Adkins BD, Crawford MP et. al.

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