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Q&A: The old normal will return (in January 2022)

Monica Gandhi MD, MPH: “We will get to the end of this [COVID-19]. We will get to a combination of vaccine and natural infection, enough people getting herd immunity that this will stop. This will stop and we will get back to normal.”

Source: Infection Control Today


Frontline report: COVID-19’s third wave has arrived

It’s no longer just a matter of case counts and hospitalizations due to COVID-19, but it’s what we’re seeing in terms of the demographic groups being affected and associative complications.

Source: Infection Control Today


Technology can ease pandemic challenges faced by hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers

To keep critical revenue flowing, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers need to resume elective surgeries and procedures as quickly as possible and mobile apps can help by giving patients and staff vital information, provide advance symptom screening and help providers reduce elective procedure no-shows through better patient compliance.

Source: MedCity News


Painkiller use tied to higher mortality after outpatient surgery in seniors

Medicare beneficiaries who take considerable amounts of opioid painkillers prior to outpatient surgery are more likely to die within 90 days following the procedure, according to new research. The findings highlight the need to address preoperative opioid exposure to ensure a safe postoperative recovery, wrote study lead Katherine Santosa, M.D., of the University of Michigan.

Source: McKnight’s Long-Term Care News


Tennessee hospital suspends elective surgeries

Columbia, Tenn.-based Maury Regional Medical Center suspended its elective surgery program Oct. 26, in response to surging COVID-19 case numbers in the region, The Daily Herald reports. The hospital had 50 COVID-19 patients as of Oct. 23. Twenty of the patients were in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Source: Becker’s ASC Review


Handle workplace legal issues like a pro

Business is booming for attorney Casey Duhart, JD, a healthcare employment law specialist, thanks in large part to managers who have only a basic understanding of employee rights. At Virtual OR Excellence, Ms. Duhart told attendees how to protect their facilities against charges of discrimination, allowing a hostile work environment and sexual harassment. “When you know better, you do better,” she said.

Source: Outpatient Surgery

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