Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Northwell nurse to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

    Sandra Lindsay, RN, a nurse who made history as the first American vaccinated against COVID-19, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House said July 1.
  • US monkeypox cases rise to 460: 4 outbreak updates

    As of July 1, 460 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed across 31 states and Washington, D.C. That's up from 351 cases as of June 29. 
  • Disposable gowns may pose infection risk for healthcare staff

    Isolation gowns worn by healthcare staff may fall short of safety standards, leaving workers with a greater risk of infection, Scientific American published July 5.
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  • FDA plans to allow pig organ transplants in clinical trials

    The FDA is planning to allow clinical trials involving the transplantation of pig organs, The Wall Street Journal reported June 30. It's unclear when such trials could begin, according to a person familiar with the matter. 
  • Patient safety standards not always backed by strong evidence, Northwestern researchers find

    Of 20 actionable standards issued by The Joint Commission during a one-year period, only six were fully supported by cited references, according to a recent study led by researchers at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. 
  • Maternal deaths rose dramatically during COVID-19: 3 study notes

    Maternal deaths in the U.S. rose 33 percent after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, according to a study published June 28 in JAMA Network Open. 
  • Has smell, taste returned for COVID-19 survivors? 2 latest findings

    Temporary loss of smell emerged as a common indicator of COVID-19 early in the pandemic. Research into the cause and treatment of the condition, known as anosmia, is ongoing, though recent studies have brought us one step closer to answers. 
  • What an increasingly anxious workforce means for patient care

    Whether a school in Uvalde, Texas, or a hospital campus in Tulsa, Okla., a recent series of violent events are constant reminders of the potential for what could unfold on healthcare workers' home campuses. The omnipresent anxiety over gun violence in the workplace — a possibility that increasingly seems more likely — has negative consequences for care delivery and the patient experience.
  • Police kill armed patient at Baylor Scott & White hospital

    Police fatally shot a patient in the emergency wing of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Irving on June 29 after he opened fire on officers, according to local news reports.
  • Ready your healthcare operations data for the next crisis

    Think back about data access and management in your hospital over the past two years: Was the fundamental information needed to run the organization—in other words, your healthcare operations data—accessible and accurate? Or was the pandemic a wake-up call to the need for better operational efficiencies? 
  • Vaccines still key to slowing COVID-19 pandemic, experts say

    As the number of reported COVID-19 cases teeters at about 100,000 each day, health experts warn there isn't an easy fix but pointed to two tools aimed at tackling the pandemic: improving nationwide vaccination rates and the potential of omicron-targeted boosters. 
  • Physicians' race, gender influences white patients' treatment response, study suggests

    Patients' implicit biases about a physician's race and gender may influence their response to treatments, even when their overt attitudes about these providers are positive, according to a study published June 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 
  • Joint Commission calls for more education on the use of packaged sterile supplies

    The Joint Commission has issued guidance to help prevent healthcare professionals from using packaged sterile supplies and devices that are expired or compromised. 
  • How focusing on high-priority patient safety issues helps health systems ace regulatory and accreditation surveys

    Staffing shortages and pandemic-related process changes have resulted in rising patient safety issues, which has drawn the attention of CMS, state agencies, and The Joint Commission. Not only do health systems have to pass regular accreditation surveys but they must now deal with a rising number of state surveys triggered by patient complaints.
  • US to make 296K monkeypox vaccines available: 4 outbreak response updates

    The U.S. will deploy 296,000 doses of Jynneos monkeypox vaccine — the preferred vaccine — over the coming weeks and is expanding eligibility for vaccination. 
  • 12 systems hiring chief nursing officers 

    Below are 12 hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief nursing officers. 
  • 16 healthcare responses to Roe v. Wade reversal

    Hospitals and medical associations across the nation reacted to the Supreme Court's June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade by calling attention to the consequences it will have on vulnerable populations, and the increased demand providers will see in states where abortion services are still acessible. 
  • Global hepatitis outbreak grows to 920 cases

    Global health officials have identified at least 920 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin among children in 33 countries, the World Health Organization said June 24.
  • Omicron 'sister variants' now dominant: 3 COVID-19 updates

    Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 collectively account for 52 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases, according to the CDC's latest variant proportion estimates for the week ending June 25. 
  • Nurse leader at hospital where 7 gallons of fentanyl went missing has license reinstated

    The New Hampshire Board of Nursing has reinstated the license of Amy Matthews, DNP, RN, chief nursing officer at Keene, N.H.-based Cheshire Medical Center, after it was suspended amid an investigation into how more than 7 gallons of fentanyl went missing, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported June 28. 

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