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Testing the Limits of Medical Technology
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/933080

Jun 28th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. On March 9 my team was given a directive by the chief medical officer of our health system. We were charged with opening a drive-through COVID-19 testing center for our community in just 2 days' time. It seemed like an impossible task, involving the mobilization of people, processes, and technol...

The short-term impact of COVID-19 pandemic on spine surgeons: a cross-sectional global ...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7317075
European Spine Journal : Official Publication of the European Spine Society, the European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society; Khattab MF, Kannan TMA et. al.

Jun 27th, 2020 - The outbreak of COVID-19 erupted in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. In a few weeks, it progressed rapidly into a global pandemic which resulted in an overwhelming burden on health care systems, medical resources and staff. Spine surgeons as health care providers are no exception. In this study, we try to highlight the impact of the crisis on spine surgeons in terms of knowledge, attitude, practi...

Leveraging 3D Printing Capacity in Times of Crisis: Recommendations for COVID-19 Distri...
https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134634
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Manero A, Smith P et. al.

Jun 26th, 2020 - The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has provided a unique set of global supply chain limitations with an exponentially growing surge of patients requiring care. The needs for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hospital staff and doctors have been overwhelming, even just to rule out patients not infected. High demand for traditionally manufactured devices, challenged by global demand and lim...

Development of a highly effective low-cost vaporized hydrogen peroxide-based method for...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7303439
Gut Pathogens; Saini V, Sikri K et. al.

Jun 23rd, 2020 - Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required to safely work with biological agents of bacterial (i.e. Mycobacterium tuberculosis) or viral origin (Ebola and SARS). COVID-19 pandemic especially has created unforeseen public health challenges including a global shortage of PPE needed for the safety of health care workers (HCWs). Although sufficient stocks of PPE are currently available, their ...

Thai Kids Rehearse School Return With Sanitizers, Screens, and Face Shields
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/932768

Jun 23rd, 2020 - BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai schools are holding rehearsals to prepare students for classes in the coronavirus era, giving lessons in hygiene and social distancing to children as young as three ahead of next week's return. Schools across Thailand have been modifying classrooms, dining halls and play areas to prepare for a phased return of students, in another step towards normalcy as the country ne...

Do slit lamp shields and face masks protect ophthalmologists amidst COVID-19?
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7306107
Ophthalmology Chuan OS, Bin Razali MA et. al.

Jun 23rd, 2020 - Unlike face masks which provided some protection against both aerosols and droplets, slit lamp shields conferred protection only against direct large droplet transmission, with a limited role in reducing aerosol transmission risk.

Personal protective equipment and intensive care unit healthcare worker safety in the C...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7293450
Journal of Critical Care; Tabah A, Ramanan M et. al.

Jun 22nd, 2020 - To survey healthcare workers (HCW) on availability and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) caring for COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). A web-based survey distributed worldwide in April 2020. We received 2711 responses from 1797 (67%) physicians, 744 (27%) nurses, and 170 (6%) Allied HCW. For routine care, most (1557, 58%) reportedly used FFP2/N95 masks, waterproof long...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Daily Roundup June 19, 2020 | FDA
https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-daily-roundup-june-19-2020

Jun 19th, 2020 - For Immediate Release: June 19, 2020 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced the following actions taken in its ongoing response effort to the COVID-19 pandemic: The FDA issued an updated FDA COVID-19 Response At-A-Glance Summary that provides a quick look at facts, figures, and highlights of the agency's response efforts. The FDA continues to take creative and flexible approaches...

New Analysis Explores Coronavirus Risk Reduction for Health-Care Workers
https://www.ashclinicalnews.org/online-exclusives/new-analysis-explores-coronavirus-risk-reduction-health-care-workers/

Jun 12th, 2020 - A meta-analysis of 172 studies on coronavirus transmission recently published in The Lancet showed that social distancing of at least one meter and using face masks corresponded with a sizable reduction in risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2. The data also suggests that N95 masks or similar respirators may be associated with more protection from viral infection than disposable surgical masks or r...

Fighting COVID and Police Brutality, Medical Teams Take to Streets to Treat Protesters
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/932186

Jun 10th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. Amid clouds of choking tear gas, booming flash-bang grenades and other other "riot control agents," volunteer medics plunged into street protests over the past weeks to help the injured — sometimes rushing to the front lines as soon as their hospital shifts ended. Known as "street medics," these...

Patient-Worn Enhanced Protection Face Shield for Flexible Endoscopy.
https://doi.org/10.1177/0194599820934777
Otolaryngology--head and Neck Surgery : Official Journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Anon JB, Denne C et. al.

Jun 8th, 2020 - The primary objective of this study was to compare the protection afforded by a standard face shield design with a new enhanced design in a controlled setting. This study was exempted from review by institutional review board waiver. A flexible fiberoptic endoscopy was placed through stellate openings in the standard face shield and the enhanced face shield. A series of simulated coughs were cr...

Facial protection in the era of COVID-19: A narrative review.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7300840
Oral Diseases REFERENCES; Li DTS, Samaranayake LP et. al.

Jun 8th, 2020 - We live in extraordinary times, where COVID-19 pandemic has brought the whole world to a screeching halt. Tensions and contradictions that surround the pandemic ridden world include the availability, and the lack thereof, various facial protection measures to mitigate the viral spread. Here, we comprehensively explore the different types of facial protection measures, including masks, needed bo...

3D-printable headlight face shield adapter. Personal protective equipment in the COVID-...
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjoto.2020.102576
American Journal of Otolaryngology; Viera-Artiles J, Valdiande JJ

May 31st, 2020 - The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19) pandemic has pushed health workers to find creative solutions to a global shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE). 3D-printing technology is having an essential role during the pandemic providing solutions for this problem, for instance, modifying full-face snorkel masks or creating low-cost face shields to use as PPE (Ishack and Lipner, 2020 [1]). O...

Vulnerabilities in coronavirus glycan shields despite extensive glycosylation.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7253482
Nature Communications; Watanabe Y, Berndsen ZT et. al.

May 28th, 2020 - Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses (CoVs) are zoonotic pathogens with high fatality rates and pandemic potential. Vaccine development focuses on the principal target of the neutralizing humoral immune response, the spike (S) glycoprotein. Coronavirus S proteins are extensively glycosylated, encoding around 66-87 N-linked glycosylat...

Fast Mass-Production of Medical Safety Shields under COVID-19 Quarantine: Optimizing th...
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7277794
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Kalyaev V, Salimon AI et. al.

May 19th, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic provoked a number of restrictive measures, such as the closure or severe restriction of border transit for international trading traffic, quarantines and self-isolation. This caused a series of interrelated consequences that not only prevent or slow down the spread of disease, but also impact the medical systems' capability to treat the patients and help their recovery. In par...

Hospitals Turn to Online Matchmakers to Swap Supplies
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930656

May 16th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's  Coronavirus Resource Center. Facing shortages of protective equipment, two New England hospital systems tried the latest twist in internet matchmaking: online swap meets. As the coronavirus pandemic stretches on, online platforms have popped up to match hospitals that need masks, gowns, ventilators and even doctors with th...

3D Printing of Face Shields During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Technical Note.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7194067
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery : Official Journal of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; Amin D, Nguyen N et. al.

May 14th, 2020 - 3D Printing of Face Shields During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Technical Note.|2020|Amin D,Nguyen N,Roser SM,Abramowicz S,|

The COVID-19 infection control arms race.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7237387
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology; Rhee C, Baker MA et. al.

May 9th, 2020 - US hospitals are engaged in an infection control arms race. Hospitals, specialties, and professional groups are spurring one another on to adopt progressively more aggressive measures in response to COVID-19 that often exceed federal and international standards. Examples include universal masking of providers and patients; decreasing thresholds to test asymptomatic patients; using face shields ...

Negotiating the Obstacles to Conducting Clinical Trials of Immunotherapy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
https://www.ascopost.com/issues/may-10-2020/negotiating-the-obstacles-to-conducting-clinical-trials-of-immunotherapy-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

May 9th, 2020 - A Conversation With Charles G. Drake, MD, PhD Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is perhaps the biggest challenge health-care systems have ever had to face. As part of a series of interviews The ASCO Post is conducting with oncologists, we talked with Charles G. Drake, MD, PhD, about the impact of COVID-19 on his practice and on the conduct of clinical trials of immunotherapy in patients with ...

Volunteering During the Pandemic: What Doctors Need to Know
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/930206

May 7th, 2020 - Editor's note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape's Coronavirus Resource Center. A couple of weeks ago, I posted a silly picture of myself with one N95 mask and asked the folks on Twitter what else I might need. In a matter of a few days, I had filled out a form online for volunteering through the Society of Critical Care Medicine, been assigned to work at a hospital in New ...