Human research protection programs and IRBs nationwide responded quickly and efficiently to changing processes and policies during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a recent study.
Surgery centers must interpret existing standards in a way that encompasses what is required for COVID-19 and how to handle the vaccine and its administration. The best course of action is for leaders to refer to accreditation standards on vaccines for general guidance.
Under certain circumstances, employers are permitted to mandate their employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of their employment. That position was outlined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in guidance published in December 2020. However, this guidance is not without its limits.
The Food and Drug Administration recently released updated guidance on conducting clinical trials of medical products during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new version of the guidelines includes a question-and-answer section that clarifies some emergency changes affecting human research protection policies and procedures.
The bruised faces of healthcare workers have become a badge of courage, the price they are willing to pay for wearing respirators, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE) over long work shifts caring for COVID-19 patients. The National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel has issued some general guidance to help healthcare workers — with the caveat that PPE effectiveness must not be compromised.