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Hospital-acquired SARS-CoV-2 infection: Lessons for public health

19 Nov, 2020 | 09:27h | UTC

Hospital-Acquired SARS-CoV-2 Infection: Lessons for Public Health – JAMA

 


Perspective: More people can access surgery. That’s great for them, awful for the planet

19 Nov, 2020 | 09:18h | UTC

More People Can Access Surgery. That’s Great For Them, Awful For The Planet – NPR

Original article: Climate change: challenges and opportunities to scale up surgical, obstetric, and anaesthesia care globally – The Lancet Planetary Health

Related: Effects of Surgery on A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green? (commentaries and articles on the subject)

 


Perspective: The third surge is breaking health-care workers

16 Nov, 2020 | 01:46h | UTC

‘No One Is Listening to Us’. More people than ever are hospitalized with COVID-19. Health-care workers can’t go on like this. – The Atlantic

 

Commentary from the author (thread – click for more)

 


[Abstract Only] Study: An automated predictive model can identify hospitalized adults outside the ICU at risk for clinical deterioration for whom interventions by rapid-response teams could be implemented

13 Nov, 2020 | 09:16h | UTC

Automated Identification of Adults at Risk for In-Hospital Clinical Deterioration – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

 


Covid-19: Reopening places such as restaurants, gyms, hotels, cafes, and religious organizations are predicted to cause the largest increase in infections

11 Nov, 2020 | 09:26h | UTC

Mobility network models of COVID-19 explain inequities and inform reopening – Nature

Commentaries: Restaurants and gyms were spring ‘superspreader’ sites. Occupancy limits could control Covid, new study predicts  – STAT AND How to stop restaurants from driving COVID infections – Nature AND Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels – Bloomberg AND Covid-19 modeling study suggests which places may have highest risk of spread — but occupancy limits can help – CNN

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Study: N95 masks with exhalation valves do not work

11 Nov, 2020 | 09:20h | UTC

Flow visualization of an N95 respirator with and without an exhalation valve using schlieren imaging and light scattering – Physics of Fluids

Commentary: N95 Masks With Exhalation Valves Don’t Slow The Spread Of Covid-19 – Forbes

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Safe surgery: A cluster randomized trial showed that the implementation of control charts with feedback on indicators to surgical teams was associated with concomitant reductions in major adverse events in patients

9 Nov, 2020 | 01:23h | UTC

Effect of monitoring surgical outcomes using control charts to reduce major adverse events in patients: cluster randomised trial – The BMJ

 


[Abstract Only] Large randomized trial fails to show benefit from a multifactorial prevention strategy to prevent falls and fractures in older people

6 Nov, 2020 | 09:48h | UTC

Screening and Intervention to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Older People – New England Journal of Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: No reduction in fractures seen in falls prevention programmes prescribed to older people – University of Warwick

Related study: A Randomized Trial of a Multifactorial Strategy to Prevent Serious Fall Injuries – New England Journal of Medicine

 


[Abstract Only] More than a third of older adults are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, study finds

6 Nov, 2020 | 09:42h | UTC

More than a third of older adults are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, study finds – Lown Institute

Original study: Potentially Inappropriate Medications Are Associated with Increased Healthcare Utilization and Costs – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

 


Cohort study: Risk of hospital admission with Covid-19 in healthcare workers and their households

2 Nov, 2020 | 02:35h | UTC

Risk of hospital admission with coronavirus disease 2019 in healthcare workers and their households: nationwide linkage cohort study – The BMJ

Commentaries: High-risk COVID contact puts health workers, patients, families at risk – CIDRAP AND Health workers and their families account for 1 in 6 hospital COVID-19 cases – BMJ

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Can covid-19 help us deal with the pandemic of defensive medicine?

2 Nov, 2020 | 02:28h | UTC

Can covid-19 help us deal with the pandemic of defensive medicine? – The BMJ Opinion

 


Clinical Decisions: Elective surgery during the Covid-19 pandemic

29 Oct, 2020 | 09:14h | UTC

Elective Surgery during the Covid-19 Pandemic – New England Journal of Medicine

 


Randomized trial: Validation of an enhanced recovery after surgery protocol in gynecologic surgery

29 Oct, 2020 | 09:07h | UTC

Validation of an enhanced recovery after surgery protocol in gynecologic surgery: an Italian randomized study – American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Related Systematic Review: Multicomponent hospital-led interventions to reduce hospital stay for older adults following elective surgery: a systematic review – Health Services and Delivery Research AND Summary: People leave hospital after surgery sooner if hospitals follow ‘enhanced recovery protocols’ – NIHR

See also: Complete List of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Society Guidelines (free articles)

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


CDC Report on health care personnel hospitalized with COVID-19

28 Oct, 2020 | 09:17h | UTC

COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations Among Health Care Personnel — COVID-NET, 13 States, March 1–May 31, 2020 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Commentary: Nurses Make Up Most Hospitalized Coronavirus Health Care Workers, CDC Finds – U.S. News

 

Commentary on Twitter (thread – click for more)

 


Preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 with masks and other “low-tech” interventions

27 Oct, 2020 | 09:51h | UTC

Preventing the Spread of SARS-CoV-2 With Masks and Other “Low-tech” Interventions – JAMA

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Narrative systematic review: Benefits of medication charts provided at transitions of care

25 Oct, 2020 | 23:29h | UTC

Benefits of medication charts provided at transitions of care: a narrative systematic review – BMJ Open

 


Study: Low risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission among coworkers in a surgical environment

23 Oct, 2020 | 09:05h | UTC

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Among Coworkers in a Surgical Environment – Mayo Clinic Proceedings

 


Professionalism revealed: Rethinking quality improvement in the wake of a pandemic

22 Oct, 2020 | 09:32h | UTC

Professionalism Revealed: Rethinking Quality Improvement in the Wake of a Pandemic – NEJM Catalyst

 


Video consultations in primary and specialist care during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond

21 Oct, 2020 | 09:30h | UTC

Video consultations in primary and specialist care during the covid-19 pandemic and beyond – The BMJ

 


[Abstract Only] Study: Excess days in acute care provide a more comprehensive picture of hospital performance compared to 30-day readmission rates

21 Oct, 2020 | 09:04h | UTC

Evaluation of Hospital Performance Using the Excess Days in Acute Care Measure in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program – Annals of Internal Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentaries: Excess Days in Acute Care Provide More Comprehensive Picture of Hospital Performance Compared to 30-day Readmission Rates – AboutHealthTransparency.org AND EDAC: A ’More Comprehensive Picture of Hospital Use’ – Physician’s Weekly

 


Review: The duration of infectiousness of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2

15 Oct, 2020 | 09:26h | UTC

The duration of infectiousness of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 – Journal of Infection

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Study: Polypharmacy (taking > 10 medications) is common in older patients with heart failure

15 Oct, 2020 | 09:03h | UTC

Polypharmacy in Older Adults Hospitalized for Heart Failure – Circulation: Heart Failure

Commentaries: Ten or more medications, often prescribed to older heart failure patients, raises concerns – American Heart Association AND Polypharmacy Common Among Older Heart Failure Patients – Physician’s Weekly

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine study paused due to unexplained illness in participant

14 Oct, 2020 | 09:31h | UTC

Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine study paused due to unexplained illness in participant – STAT

News Release: Johnson & Johnson Temporarily Pauses All Dosing in Our Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Clinical Trials

Commentaries: Johnson & Johnson ‘Pauses’ COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Due To Unexplained Illness In Participant; Eli Lilly Reportedly Suspending Trial Of Antibody Treatment – Health Policy Watch AND Johnson & Johnson pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after ‘unexplained illness’ – CNN

 


Monoclonal antibody trial halted for safety concern

14 Oct, 2020 | 09:30h | UTC

Monoclonal Antibody Trial Halted for Safety Concern – Brief19

Related: Eli Lilly pauses trial of antibody drug Trump touted as COVID-19 ‘cure’ over safety concern – Reuters

 


Meta-analysis: Association of receipt of palliative care interventions with health care use, quality of life, and symptom burden among adults with chronic noncancer illness

14 Oct, 2020 | 09:18h | UTC

Association of Receipt of Palliative Care Interventions With Health Care Use, Quality of Life, and Symptom Burden Among Adults With Chronic Noncancer Illness: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis – JAMA

Editorial: Palliative Care for Patients With Noncancer Illnesses

 

Commentary on Twitter

 


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