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Aerosol containment device for airway management of patients with COVID-19: a narrative...
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00540-020-02879-4
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...

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 - 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 need to ensure procurement of high quality PPEs that provide both safety and comfort to users. The purpo...

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...

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...

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.

Oct 26th, 2020 - Barriers at the scope: Use of acrylic shields at the microscope during the pandemic.|2020|Adkins BD,Crawford MP,Maglione MM,Aguilera NS,|

CDC Issues Updated Guidelines for Voting Safety
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/939768

Oct 25th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC released new guidance Friday around precautionary measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus at polls, basing it on survey responses from Delaware poll workers who oversaw primary voting on Sept. 15. Most voters wore masks, the poll workers said, but people didn't always wear them co...

CDC Issues Updated Guidelines for Voting Safety
https://www.staging.medscape.com/viewarticle/939768

Oct 25th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The CDC released new guidance Friday around precautionary measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus at polls, basing it on survey responses from Delaware poll workers who oversaw primary voting on Sept. 15. Most voters wore masks, the poll workers said, but people didn't always wear them co...

Disinfection of 3D-printed protective face shield during COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7568470
American Journal of Infection Control; Noguera SV, Espinoza EPS et. al.

Oct 20th, 2020 - This study assessed the disinfection using 70% ethanol; H2O2-quaternary ammonium salt mixture; 0.1% sodium hypochlorite and autoclaving of four 3D-printed face shields with different designs, visor materials; and visor thickness (0.5-0.75 mm). We also investigated their clinical suitability by applying a questionnaire to health workers (HW) who used them. Each type of disinfection was done 40 t...

Interhospital transportation of a COVID-19 patient undergoing veno-venous extracorporea...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2020.09.089
The American Journal of Emergency Medicine; Imaeda T, Hattori N et. al.

Oct 17th, 2020 - Some coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients develop rapidly progressive acute respiratory distress syndrome and require veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (V-V ECMO). A previous study recommended the transfer of ECMO patients to ECMO centers. However, because of the pandemic, a limited number of ECMO centers are available for patient transfer. The safe long-distance interhosp...

Anesthesia departments' readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic; a nationwide cross-section...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7552575
BMC Anesthesiology; Cohen B, Baar Y et. al.

Oct 14th, 2020 - The Coronavirus infectious disease 2019 (COVID-19) brings anesthesiologists and intensive care physicians to the mainstay of clinical workload and healthcare managements' focus. There are approximately 900 anesthesiologists in Israel, working in non-private hospitals. This nationwide cross-sectional study evaluated the readiness and involvement of anesthesia departments in Israel in management ...

Pence, Harris Address COVID, Healthcare, Abortion
https://www.staging.medscape.com/viewarticle/938827

Oct 7th, 2020 - In a debate dominated by the escalating COVID-19 crisis, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris squared off on a host of health issues Wednesday night, including the Trump administration's handling of the virus outbreak, the fate of Obamacare, and abortion rights. From the get-go, the coronavirus crisis was front and center during the only vice presidential debate, held at the Univers...

Pandemic Delays Treatment, Threatening Patients and Research
https://www.staging.medscape.com/viewarticle/938837

Oct 7th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on patients with retina diseases, according to leading European specialists who took stock and exchanged tips on innovative responses to the crisis at the virtual European Society of Retina Specialists 2020 Congress. The number of new patients with n...

Months Into the Pandemic, 16 States Don't Mandate Mask Use. Why?
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/938731

Oct 6th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Nils Hase, a retiree who lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, is wearing a mask and loading his Home Depot haul into his car on a recent weekday afternoon. In the store, because Home Depot insists customers and staff across the country wear masks, most faces were covered. But out here in the parkin...

SARS-CoV-2: Impact on, Risk Assessment and Countermeasures in German Eye Banks.
https://doi.org/10.1080/02713683.2020.1828487
Current Eye Research; Trigaux C, Salla S et. al.

Oct 5th, 2020 - Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been some debate regarding the risk of transmission through tissue transplantation and tissue banking processes. To analyze the changes that SARS-CoV-2 has caused regarding the harvesting of corneal donor tissue and eye bank activities in Germany. A questionnaire was provided to 26 eye banks in Germany, consisting of questions about adaptat...

Additive manufacturing technologies enabling rapid and interventional production of pro...
https://doi.org/10.17219/acem/126296
Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine : Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University; Wierzbicki J, Nowacki M et. al.

Oct 1st, 2020 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is transmitted through respiratory droplets and contact routes, hence the demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has increased during the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Among the most noticeable shortages was the lack of face shields. The urgent demand for PPE induced interdisciplinary cooperation to overcome...

The effects of N95 mask and face shield on speech perception among healthcare workers i...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7542317
The Journal of Laryngology and Otology; Bandaru SV, Augustine AM et. al.

Sep 28th, 2020 - The current circumstances of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic necessitate the use of personal protective equipment in hospitals. N95 masks and face shields are being used as personal protective equipment to protect from aerosol-related spread of infection. Personal protective equipment, however, hampers communication. This study aimed to assess the effect of using an N95 mask and face shie...

Assessing health care worker perceptions of face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7513918
American Journal of Infection Control; Alzunitan MA, Perencevich EN et. al.

Sep 27th, 2020 - The Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic created a significant disruption in the personal protective equipment (PPE) supply chain while simultaneously creating unprecedented demand for their use. Hospitals pursued different PPE strategies based on local factors, PPE availability, and interpretation of the evolving data on the epidemiology of the disease. After instituting universal face coverings,...

Assessment of Respiratory Droplet Transmission During the Ophthalmic Slit-Lamp Exam: A ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7516395
American Journal of Ophthalmology; Shah SH, Garg AK et. al.

Sep 27th, 2020 - The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a renewed focus on the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other interventions to decrease spread of infectious diseases. Although several ophthalmology organizations have released guidance on appropriate PPE for surgical procedures and ophthalmology clinics, there is limited experimental evidence that demonstrates the efficacy of v...

Real-world assessment, relevance, and problems in use of personal protective equipment ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7537031
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology REFERENCES; Arora P, Sardana K et. al.

Sep 25th, 2020 - Doctors and healthcare workers (HCW) are at frontline in control of the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). The virus is transmitted by contact, droplet, and airborne transmission; hence, hand hygiene, social distancing, environmental disinfection, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) form important components to protect HCWs from cross-infection...