Personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic (Letter #2)
Conclusions: Early results of universal preoperative screening for COVID-19 demonstrates a low incidence and high rate of asymptomatic patients. Health care professionals, especially those at higher risk for the virus, should be aware of the challenges related to screening based solely on symptoms or travel history and consider universal screening for patients undergoing elective surgery. Level of Evidence: Level II.
Restoring elective services in the context of COVID-19 represents one of the most complex challenges that the NHS has ever faced. Following the suspension of non-urgent elective procedures earlier in the pandemic, planned surgery is now re-starting again in many parts of the country thanks to the extraordinary hard work and dedication of surgeons, their teams and colleagues across the health service. Our survey of 970 surgeons working in hospitals across the UK highlights the challenges that persist. Key Recommendations: Funding for ring-fenced'COVID-light'surgical beds in every region Guarantee access to speedy...
Publication date: Available online 7 October 2020Source: Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical CareAuthor(s): Kiran Mahendru, Abhishek Kumar, Tanvi Bhargava
ConclusionsAs an extraordinary and uncertain event, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic helped consolidate a volunteer-based and collaborative panel of SAMeR experts who developed the COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Safety Management Operational Guidelines as a new and readily available tool for physicians, patients, and gamete banks care. Their implementation has provided specific guidelines to minimize risk for professionals in ART clinics, as well as guaranteeing patient safety.
Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been much debate about the danger to hospital staff from anaesthetic procedures. Concerns include that placing a tube in the patient's airway (intubation) before surgery or removing it at the end (extubation) may produce a fine mist of small particles (called aerosols) and spread the COVID-19 virus to nearby staff.
Imagine finishing a long shift in the operating room performing aerosolizing procedures on high-risk patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). You are walking home, and the next thing you know, a stranger confronts you on the sidewalk shouting, “Why are you Chinese people killing everyone? What is wrong with you? Why the [expletive] are you killing us?” This is exactly what happened to an Asian American anesthesia resident in Boston recently . These incidents are unfortunately becoming more frequent and should not go unnoticed nor w ithout a safe and appropriate response.
(American Society of Anesthesiologists) Patients who saw a pain medicine specialist via telemedicine saved time and money and were highly satisfied with their experience, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY ® 2020 annual meeting.
Digital media&downloads Pain Relief Caused by SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Help Explain COVID-19 Spread New research shows SARS-CoV-2 promotes pain relief when it infects cells through a common protein receptor, neuropilin-1. The finding gives scientists a novel target for non-opioid pain therapeutics, while also offering an explanation for the unrelenting spread of COVID-19. Stacy Pigott Today University of Arizona Health SciencesKhanna_Raj_klh3067.jpg Doctoral student Lisa Boinon prepares buffers while Rajesh Khanna looks on. (Photo: Kris Hanning/University of Arizona Health Sciences)HealthCollege of Medicine - Tuc...
This article describes how an anesthesiology department at a large urban academic hospital rapidly adapted and deployed to meet the threat head-on. Topics included are preparatory efforts, devel opment of a team-based staffing model, and a new strategy for resource management. While still maintaining a fully functioning operating theater, discrete teams were deployed to both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 intensive care units, rapid response/airway management team, the difficult airway response team, and labor and delivery. Additional topics include the creation of a temporary ‘pop-up’ anesthesiology-run COVID-19 in...