While Preparing for COVID-19 Spikes, Influenza Season, Prioritize Supply Chain Management
When the COVID-19 crisis first struck the United States, healthcare facilities faced unprecedented disruptions, including the suspension of elective surgeries, partly because of personal protective equipment shortages nationwide. The healthcare industry is better prepared today to handle the crisis, but individual facilities still face obstacles.
The Race Is On for a Universal Flu Vaccine, as Another Virus Emerges in China
One expert described "the perfect influenza vaccine" as one that would protect against many different kinds of influenza A as well as but some influenza B strains.
Stressed Frontline Providers Gear Up for Flu Season
Countries in the Southern Hemisphere reported mild flu seasons, but that does not necessarily mean the same will hold true in the United States. Experts recommend U.S.-based EDs anticipate what resources they will require if the upcoming flu season is severe, and consider what testing strategies they will employ when patients present with respiratory symptoms that could be flu, COVID-19, or both.
Health System Sends Some COVID-19 Patients Home to Monitor Remotely
To help manage high demand for inpatient beds, the University of Miami Health System has unveiled a program that enables some patients who present to the ED with COVID-19 to be discharged and closely followed at home with the help of a remote monitoring device. The UHealth Televigilance program targets patients with conditions that put them on the fence between a hospital admission and discharge.
Patients with Substance Use Disorders at Much Higher Risk for COVID-19, Worse Outcomes
The results of a recent study suggest patients with a substance use disorder, especially an opioid use disorder, are at a much higher risk of contracting COVID-19.
Accreditation Program Elevates Pain and Addiction Care in the ED
A new accreditation program offers best practices in pain and addiction care for EDs across the country. The goal of the program is to enhance bread-and-butter practice through evidence, support from an accrediting body, and a clear understanding that emergency providers who adhere to best practice have the backing of their own departments and institutions.
Intermittent Fasting, Pesco-Mediterranean Diet Can Improve Health
Meta-analysis reveals pattern of better cardiovascular health among those who consume more seafood, vegetables, and fruit vs. those who live on red meat-heavy diets.
U.S. Obesity Rates on the Rise
News arrives on the heels of several recently published papers that indicate obesity can exacerbate COVID-19.
What Is the Cause of This Regular WCT?
The ECG in the figure was obtained from an older woman who presented with hypotension. What is the rhythm?
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