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When Laws Shield Hospitals From COVID Liability
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/965962

Jan 4th, 2022 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Braden Wilson — pictured with his grandparents Fabian and Joe Wilson — died in January 2021 of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a rare but life-threatening complication of covid-19. His mother, Amanda Wilson, believes the 15-year-old contracted covid after she took him to...

Analysis of an outbreak of nosocomial COVID-19 at a tertiary care centre in South India.
https://doi.org/10.4997/JRCPE.2021.404
The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh; Rathish B, Wilson A et. al.

Dec 10th, 2021 - Nosocomial outbreaks of COVID-19 have been reported sporadically since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We sought to study the transmission dynamics in a nosocomial COVID-19 outbreak in our centre. This was a retrospective cohort study in a 500 bedded tertiary care hospital in South India. Inpatients who were suspected to have likely or definite hospital-acquired COVID-19 and hospital st...

Operational Implications and Risk Assessment of COVID-19 in Dental Practices.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8619992
International Journal of Environmental Research and Publi... Wajeeh S, Lal A et. al.

Nov 28th, 2021 - The unprecedented situation of the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the entire world, with dental practice being significantly affected. In this study, we aim to evaluate the operational implications and risk assessment of the coronavirus in dental practice. This observational study comprised the electronic distribution of two surveys, one to patients and the second to dental professionals. Th...

Knowledge of and preparedness for COVID-19 among Somali healthcare professionals: A cro...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8610262
PloS One; Alawa J, Walz L et. al.

Nov 24th, 2021 - Somalia is considered severely underprepared to contain an outbreak of COVID-19, with critical shortages in healthcare personnel and treatment resources. In limited-resource settings such as Somalia, providing healthcare workers with adequate information on COVID-19 is crucial to improve patient outcomes and mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This study assessed the knowledge of, prep...

The impact of COVID-19 on knowledge, attitude, and infection control behaviors among de...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8602991
BMC Oral Health; Cheng HC, Chang YJ et. al.

Nov 21st, 2021 - This study seeks to elucidate the impact of COVID-19 on knowledge, attitude, and infection control behaviors among dentists. Changes in knowledge, attitude, and infection control behaviors reported in 2020 (COVID-19 period) were compared to the historical control of the non-COVID-19 period in 2018. A proportional random sampling method was used to select the study samples from 400 dental instit...

Using a human factors-centric approach to development and testing of a face shield desi...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2021.10.033
American Journal of Infection Control; Kurtz CE, Peng Y et. al.

Nov 15th, 2021 - Face shields are a critical piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) and their comfort impacts compliant use and thus protectiveness. Optimal design criteria for face shield use in healthcare environments are limited. We attempt to identify factors affecting face shield usability and to test and optimize a face shield for comfort and function in healthcare settings. A broad range of workers...

A Questionnaire-Based Survey on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Gastrointestinal...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8678234
Digestion Otani K, Watanabe T et. al.

Nov 11th, 2021 - The COVID-19 outbreak abruptly restricted gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy services during the first wave of the pandemic. We aimed to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of GI endoscopy in Asian countries. This was an International Questionnaire-based Internet Survey conducted at multiple facilities by the International Gastrointestinal Consensus Symposium. A total of 166 respondents ...

Management of donations of personal protective equipment in response to the massive sho...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8573573
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control; Cambien G, Guihenneuc J et. al.

Nov 10th, 2021 - In the COVID-19 pandemic context, a massive shortage of personal protective equipment occurred. To increase the available stocks, several countries appealed for donations from individuals or industries. While national and international standards to evaluate personal protective equipment exist, none of the previous research studied how to evaluate personal protective equipment coming from donati...

The effect of eye protection on SARS-CoV-2 transmission: a systematic review.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8567128
Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control; Byambasuren O, Beller E et. al.

Nov 6th, 2021 - The effect of eye protection to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection in the real-world remains uncertain. We aimed to synthesize all available research on the potential impact of eye protection on transmission of SARS-CoV-2. We searched PROSPERO, PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library for clinical trials and comparative observational studies in CENTRAL, and Europe PMC for pre-prints. We included studies ...

Distinct shifts in site-specific glycosylation pattern of SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins ass...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8689840
Glycobiology Kuo CW, Yang TJ et. al.

Nov 5th, 2021 - Extensive glycosylation of the spike protein of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus not only shields the major part of it from host immune responses, but glycans at specific sites also act on its conformation dynamics and contribute to efficient host receptor binding, and hence infectivity. As variants of concern arise during the course of the coronavirus disease of 2019 pande...

Clinical Experiences of People With a Laryngectomy During the SARS COVID-19 Pandemic.
https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_AJSLP-21-00117
American Journal of Speech-language Pathology; Searl J, Kearney A et. al.

Oct 20th, 2021 - Purpose This study described the clinical experiences of patients with a total laryngectomy (TL) during the COVID-19 pandemic and identified changes in communication, tracheostoma care, and heat-moisture exchange (HME) use that were recommended or self-implemented. Method An online survey addressing the study aims was completed by 173 people with a TL who live in the United States. The survey w...

Minimising exposure to respiratory droplets, 'jet riders' and aerosols in air-condition...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8520596
BMJ Open; Hunziker P

Oct 14th, 2021 - In COVID-19, transfer of respiratory materials transmits disease and drives the pandemic but the interplay of droplet and aerosol physics, physiology and environment is not fully understood. To advance understanding of disease transmission mechanisms and to find novel exposure minimisation strategies, we studied cough-driven material transport modes and the efficacy of control strategies. Compu...

Judging film, not skin: can radiologists combat bias in medicine?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8489373
Clinical Imaging; Weisberg EM, Fishman EK

Oct 8th, 2021 - From the more than 700,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the US and the nearly 5 million worldwide, there emerge even more stories than match the statistics when one considers all of the patients' relations. While the numbers are staggering, when we humanize the stories, we are left with even greater devastation, of course. One of the stories among so many that seemed particularly salient and poignan...

Efficacy of Various Facial Protective Equipment for Infection Control in a Healthcare S...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8463064
The Western Journal of Emergency Medicine; Dinsmore J, Brands S et. al.

Sep 22nd, 2021 - The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has reinforced the importance of facial protection against droplet transmission of diseases. Healthcare workers wear personal protection equipment (PPE), including face shields and masks. Plastic face shields may have advantages over regular medical masks. Although many designs of face shields exist, there is a paucity of evidence regarding the efficacy ...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: September 17, 2021 | FDA
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-september-17-2021

Sep 17th, 2021 - For Immediate Release: September 17, 2021 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: On Sept. 17, the FDA issued a Letter to Health Care Providers to alert clinical laboratory staff and health care providers about the potential for false positive results with Abbott Alinity m SARS-CoV-2 AMP and Alini...

US Hospitals Hit With Nurse Staffing Crisis Amid COVID
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/958172

Sep 3rd, 2021 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a nurse staffing crisis that is forcing many U.S. hospitals to pay top dollar to get the help they need to handle the crush of patients this summer. The problem, health leaders say, is twofold: Nurses are quitting or retiring, exhausted or demoralized by the cri...

A case-control study of factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection among healthcare w...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8391859
BMC Infectious Diseases; Rodriguez-Lopez M, Parra B et. al.

Aug 29th, 2021 - Healthcare Workers (HCW) are repeatedly exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection. The aim of this study was to identify factors associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection among HCW in one of the largest cities in Colombia. We conducted a case-control study, where cases had a positive reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and controls had a negative result. Participants were randomly selected and int...

A Statewide Voluntary Movement Addressing the Shortage of Medical Supplies During the C...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8589063
American Journal of Public Health; Krause M, Henderson A et. al.

Aug 27th, 2021 - During the COVID-19 pandemic, a shortage of personal protective equipment compromised efficient patient care and provider safety. Volunteers from many different backgrounds worked to meet these demands. Additive manufacturing, laser cutting, and alternative supply chains were used to produce, test, and deliver essential equipment for health care workers and first responders. Distributed equipme...

The Influence of Face Shields on the Quality of Colonoscopy in the Era of the COVID-19 ...
https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl210063
Gut and Liver; Lee JW, Lee HJ et. al.

Aug 25th, 2021 - The worldwide coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led endoscopists to use personal protective equipment (PPE) for infection prevention. This study aimed to investigate whether wearing a face shield as PPE affects the quality of colonoscopy. We reviewed the medical records and colonoscopy findings of patients who underwent colonoscopies at Asan Medical Center, Korea from March 10 to May 31, 20...

Nurses' Perceptions of Oral Health Care Provision After the COVID-19 Lockdown.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8249674
International Dental Journal; Haresaku S, Aoki H et. al.

Aug 23rd, 2021 - This study aimed to investigate nurses' perceptions of oral health care provision to inpatients in Japanese hospitals and the infection control measures taken by them after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown to promote collaborative oral health care. The participants were 1037 nurses working in inpatient wards at 4 hospitals in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Data were collected throug...