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Rebecca Leach, RN, BSN, MPH, CIC: “The flu vaccine is mandated where I work. I do see a day where the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandated as well in health care facilities especially if—as we expect—COVID is not going away.”
Source: Infection Control Today
Health systems across the U.S. are beginning to lift restrictions on visitors for patients undergoing outpatient surgery as the number of COVID-19 cases decline. Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania, allows adult patients to have one support person and pediatric outpatients to have two support persons per stay. As of Feb. 15, the health system also allows adults in the emergency department and clinics to have one accompanying support person, according to a report from WGAL, an NBC affiliate.
Source: Becker’s ASC
Endoscopic spine surgery offers many benefits over traditional spinal fusion, including shorter operative times, less bleeding and quicker recovery times. Awake endoscopic procedures also avoid intubation, protecting staff from exposure to respiratory secretions directly from the lung, which has become a particularly useful tool for surgeons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Six spine surgeons share their thoughts on endoscopic spine surgery.
Source: Becker’s Spine Review
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically altered the delivery of outpatient care in 2020. Beginning in March, health care practices began deferring elective visits, modifying their practices to safely accommodate in-person visits, and increasing the use of telemedicine. Since the start of the pandemic, we have issued a series of reports tracking weekly outpatient visit volume.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund