Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • CDC monitors worst bird flu outbreak since 2015: 5 notes

    The CDC is closely monitoring a lethal strain of bird flu that has been identified in 17 states since February, NBC News reported March 23.
  • Why the name 'deltacron' may be misleading

    While multiple countries have confirmed cases of a coronavirus recombinant consisting of parts of both omicron and delta, some scientists have said the common nickname "deltacron" may be misleading.
  • How clinical decision support can improve clinician time management and information access

    COVID-19 has fundamentally altered the healthcare industry. It has exacerbated staff shortages, which has resulted in an overwhelming amount of work for nurses and clinicians along with ever-persistent time-management challenges.
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  • 6 schools launching nursing programs

    Several colleges and universities have launched nursing programs and partnerships to address persistent shortages around the country.
  • BA.2 accounts for 35% of US cases; Major surge unlikely, Fauci says

    The omicron subvariant BA.2 accounts for more than one-third of COVID-19 cases nationwide and more than half of cases in the Northeast, according to the latest variant proportion estimates from the CDC.
  • UK COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases increase: What it means for the US

    U.S. officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the United Kingdom — which have continued to rise over the last few weeks — and are considering what it could mean for the U.S. 
  • The issues with wastewater surveillance

    Since people shed the coronavirus in their feces before showing symptoms or testing positive, wastwater surveillance of virus levels is intended to serve as an early warning system for upcoming surges or new variant detection. But these efforts are patchy in the U.S.
  • COVID-19 tied to diabetes diagnosis, pregnancy complications: 2 new findings

    Researchers are continuously learning more about COVID-19 and how it affects certain individuals even after infection.
  • 10 executives on quality improvements amid COVID-19

    The demands of the COVID-19 pandemic have pushed quality leaders to seek innovative solutions to not only maintain but reinvigorate quality improvement efforts — especially as the most recent surge from the omicron variant has waned. 
  • 14 hospitals hiring chief medical officers

    Below are 14 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have posted job listings seeking chief medical officers.
  • CMS to hospitals: Let patients, visitors wear N95s

    U.S. health officials are poised to clarify guidelines on masking practices in hospitals after reports surfaced that facilities were asking patients and visitors to swap N95 masks for surgical masks, three sources familiar with the matter told Politico.
  • 9 states ending daily COVID-19 reporting

    At least nine states have cut back on daily COVID-19 reports that provide information on new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, The New York Times reported March 19. 
  • A tricky time for COVID-19 forecasting

    U.S. health officials are closely monitoring COVID-19 activity in the U.K., where cases and hospitalizations are simultaneously rising due to omicron subvariant BA.2, though many experts say it's too soon to accurately predict if or when a similar uptick in virus activity may hit the U.S.
  • 14 hospitals hiring chief nursing officers

    Below are 14 hospitals and health systems that recently posted job listings seeking chief nursing officers. 
  • Aerosolized hydrogen peroxide cuts C. diff infection risk

    Adding aerosolized hydrogen peroxide to infection prevention protocols reduces the risk of Clostridioides difficile infections in healthcare settings, according to a study published March 17 in the American Journal of Infection Control.
  • Omicron subvariant accounts for 30% of cases in New York City

    The BA.2 omicron subvariant now accounts for about 30 percent of new cases in New York City, health officials said March 18. Nationwide, the CDC estimates the variant accounts for about 23 percent of new cases. 
  • COVID-19 vaccinations slump amid BA.2 threat: 11 CDC findings

    Daily COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. are falling, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published March 18, amid concerns the omicron subvariant BA.2 may fuel another uptick in cases.
  • Flu hospitalizations jump 6th week in a row — 10 CDC notes

    Flu activity continues to rise across most of the U.S., according to the CDC's FluView report published March 18.
  • 8 states where COVID-19 deaths have climbed the last 2 weeks  

    COVID-19 deaths are falling nationwide, but eight states are still seeing higher daily death averages than recorded two weeks ago. 
  • Harassment of health officials widespread amid COVID-19, study finds

    Local and state public health officials faced widespread harassment in the pandemic's first year, according to a study published March 17 in the American Journal of Public Health.

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