Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Inaccurate pulse ox readings may have delayed, prevented care among minority COVID-19 patients

    Pulse oximeter measurements are less accurate among Black, Hispanic and Asian COVID-19 patients compared to white patients. These inaccuracies may have led to minority patients receiving delayed or no treatment, according to a study published May 31 in JAMA Internal Medicine. 
  • Nurse workload linked to sepsis death risk

    Freeing up nurses to spend more time on patient care may reduce sepsis deaths among the Medicare population, a study published May 27 in JAMA Health Forum. suggests.
  • Florida VA hospital failed to provide emergency care to patient, feds find

    Malcom Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla., failed to provide emergency care to an unresponsive heart failure patient because hospital staff could not verify his status as a veteran, according to a May 31 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of Inspector General.
  • Debunking PPE-Related Myths

    Hospitals have spent more than $3B getting PPE during the pandemic — make sure your team is following the right protocols.
  • Justice Department seeks return of transportation mask mandate: 4 COVID-19 updates

    The Justice Department on May 31 asked a federal appeals court to reverse a ruling from a federal judge in Florida that voided the nation's mask mandate on public transportation, including airplanes and airports, NPR reports. 
  • Foggy COVID-19 case counts still helpful, experts say

    The current rise in COVID-19 cases could be 10 to 14 times worse than official counts suggest, but experts say there is still merit in reporting cases, The Atlantic reported May 29. 
  • The consequences of COVID-19 reinfection: 'Still a lot of gray'

    COVID-19 reinfections are becoming a regular occurrence in the U.S. as new variants emerge and surges come and go, but experts are still unclear on the long-term ramifications of these repeat infections, according to The Atlantic.
  • US accounts for 33% of unusual hepatitis cases reported worldwide

    Global health officials have identified 650 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin among children in 33 countries, the World Health Organization said May 27. 
  • Monkeypox pandemic unlikely, WHO says 

    The World Health Organization said a global monkeypox pandemic is unlikely, USA Today reported May 30.
  • COVID-19 admissions to rise through mid-June, CDC forecasts

    Modeling suggests COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths will continue to rise in the U.S. through at least mid-June as the highly transmissible omicron subvariants BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 spread nationwide. 
  • Misinformation on COVID-19 shots and pregnancy still widespread

    Pregnancy-related misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is still highly prevalent in the U.S., according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey published May 27.
  • How UCSF is bringing families into care conversations

    Transparency is key when it comes to connecting family members and caregivers – there has a been an increase in attention towards new communication tools that give families visibility into inpatients’ health status without adding stress to care teams or interrupting their workflow. 
  • How the contrast dye shortage is hindering cancer, heart care 

    Many hospitals across the nation are postponing scans used to diagnose cancer and other diseases due to the shortage of a contrast dye produced in Shanghai, The New York Times reported May 26. 
  • CMS boosts oversight of hospitals with COVID-19 outbreaks

    CMS is investigating hospitals in which a high number of patients likely contracted COVID-19 while seeking care, part of an effort to increase oversight since relaunching routine inspections last year, Politico reported May 26.
  • CDC plans to revise hospitals' COVID-19 data reports

    The CDC will likely stop collecting hospitals' data on suspected cases of COVID-19 that have not been confirmed by tests, Bloomberg reported May 26.
  • How a layered approach to disinfection can help organizations ensure a clean environment

    Becker’s Healthcare recently spoke with Alice Brewer, director of clinical affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC, and Debra Hagberg, director of clinical affairs for PDI Healthcare, about what hospitals can do to bring their cleaning and disinfection protocols in line with best practices. Their observations suggest healthcare may be at the threshold of a new era for disinfection techniques.
  • The journey to zero harm in the OR: Insights and best practices from Cleveland Clinic

    High-reliability health systems operate under the premise that humans are fallible and errors are unavoidable, even in the best organizations. To support the journey to zero harm, healthcare leaders create systematic solutions by using safety processes and integrative technologies in tandem.
  • 8 systems seeking chief quality officers 

    ​​Below are eight hospitals, health systems or hospital operators that have recently posted job listings seeking chief quality officers.
  • Leapfrog to CMS: Don't suppress hospital safety data

    The Leapfrog Group is urging CMS to scrap a proposal that would end public reporting of data on serious medical and surgical complications that occur in U.S. hospitals. 
  • 2 new findings on treating long COVID-19 symptoms

    Vaccination protection from long COVID-19 and the use of a popular heart failure drug to treat symptoms have been the focus of two recent publications.
  • 216 unusual hepatitis cases under review in US

    The CDC is investigating 216 reports of unusual hepatitis cases among children in the U.S. as of May 25. 

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