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New algorithm for PPE use aims to protect OR teams from COVID-19 virus
April 6, 2020 — Editor’s Note In this study, researchers from Stanford University create an algorithm to protect OR teams who perform urgent and emergency surgical procedures from the coronavirus and rationally conserve the personal protective equipment (PPE) they wear. Incuded in the decision tree algorithm: Patients were triaged by severity of illness into urgent and emergency procedures. Urgent […]
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CDC begins weekly COVID-19 surveillance report
April 6, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) announced April 3 that it is modifying existing surveillance systems to track COVID-19 and will be posting weekly reports each Friday. The report, “COVIDView,” summarizes and interprets key indicators, including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, deaths, and laboratory data. The […]
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FDA acts to increase COVID-19 supplies with instructions for manufacturers importing PPE, devices
March 26, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on March 24 took action to increase US supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing instructions to manufacturers importing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other devices. The instructions to manufacturers clarify the types of PPE and devices they can import without engaging with the FDA […]
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COVID-19 case-fatality rate, patient characteristics in Italy
March 25, 2020 — Editor’s Note In the first half of February only three cases of COVID-19 were identified in Italy, and all had recently traveled to China. On February 20, a case of pneumonia due to SARS-CoV-2 was diagnosed in northern Italy’s Lombardy region. Within 14 days, many other cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the surrounding areas. On the […]
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CMS announces regulatory relief for VBC programs in response to COVID-19
March 23, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 22 extended the deadlines for quality reporting and applications for providers, clinicians, and facilities in value-based care (VBC) programs as they face a growing number of COVID-19 patients. CMS also announced that it will not use any data reflecting services provided from January […]
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CDC: First preliminary description of outcomes in US patients with COVID-19
March 19, 2020 — Editor’s Note This first preliminary description of outcomes in COVID-19 patients in the US between February 12 and March 16, 2020, indicates that fatalities were: 10% to 27% in patients aged 85 or more 3% to 11% in patients aged 65-84 years 1% to 3% in patients aged 55-64 years less than 1% in patients […]
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CMS releases recommendations on adult elective surgeries, procedures
March 19, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on March 18 released recommendations that all elective surgeries and nonessential medical, surgical, and dental procedures be delayed during the COVID-19 outbreak. As more healthcare providers are asked to assist with the COVID-19 response, it is important that they consider whether surgeries and procedures can […]
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Joint Commission suspends regular surveying
March 19, 2020 — Editor’s Note The Joint Commission announced on March 18 that it is suspending all regular surveying, effective March 16. This is being done to make sure the Joint Commission does not interfere with the work of healthcare organizations to prepare and care for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Joint Commission does not have […]
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