Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Severe COVID-19's effect on brain equivalent to 20 years of aging, small study finds

    The cognitive impairment caused by severe COVID-19 is equivalent to 20 years of aging or the loss of 10 IQ points, according to a small study led by researchers at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. 
  • Pediatric COVID-19 cases up 61%: 5 COVID-19 updates

    More than 53,000 pediatric COVID-19 cases were reported for the week ending April 28, up 61 percent from two weeks prior, according to the latest update from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • What nurses really want during National Nurses Week

    National Nurses Week is a time to show appreciation for nurses and recognize their crucial role in healthcare. This year's recognition week comes at a difficult time for them, and for many, free food or other small gifts may not be enough. 
  • Debunking PPE-Related Myths

    Hospitals have spent more than $3B getting PPE during the pandemic — make sure your team is following the right protocols.
  • 3 medical groups react to Supreme Court's leaked draft opinion

    Medical groups reacted with condemnation after a May 3 report from Politico uncovered a draft opinion from the Supreme Court indicating it is poised to strike down the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established safe and legal access to abortion as a constitiutional right. 
  • Fast-spreading omicron subvariant accounts for 36% of US cases: 4 notes

    The proportion of COVID-19 cases involving the fast-spreading omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 has been steadily increasing since the beginning of April, CDC data shows. 
  • 18 hospitals hiring chief nursing officers

    Below are 18 hospitals, health systems and hospital operators that recently posted job listings seeking chief nursing officers. 
  • Omicron 'sister variants' fuel surge in South Africa; global risks still unclear

    Health experts across the globe are monitoring a spike in COVID-19 cases in South Africa driven by the omicron "sister variants" BA.4 and BA.5, The New York Times reported May 2.
  • CDC issues clinician recommendations for testing, treating bird flu

    The CDC in an April 29 health advisory issued recommendations on testing and treating (A)H5N1 bird flu for clinicians and public health workers. 
  • 10 discounts, freebies to honor National Nurses Week

    Many companies are offering nurses freebies or discounts ahead of National Nurses Week 2022, which starts May 6. Here are ten companies offering deals to recognize nurses, as listed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 
  • What a medium COVID-19 risk level means: 6 notes

    As COVID-19 cases rise nationwide, at least three cities have reentered "medium risk" categories for virus transmission this week.
  • Vaccinated, seniors make up growing share of COVID-19 deaths: Washington Post

    As the share of deaths among older Americans and those with immunocompromising conditions who have been vaccinated grows, unvaccinated people no longer account for the overwhelming majority of COVID-19 deaths, The Washington Post reported April 29. 
  • 6 recent nurses unions moves

    As labor shortages persist throughout the country, nurses unions have taken more action to support nursing staff. 
  • COVID-19 admissions to rise in May, CDC modeling shows

    Modeling suggests COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations will continue to rise in the coming weeks, though national levels are still down significantly from this winter's omicron surge. 
  • A subdued COVID-19 climb: What 4 experts make of it

    COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising nationwide for the first time since January, though totals are still down significantly from last winter's omicron surge.  
  • CDC shares new data on mysterious hepatitis cases: 5 notes

    A new report from the CDC provides the most detailed insights yet into the nation's earliest confirmed pediatric acute hepatitis cases potentially linked to an adenovirus.
  • US flu hospitalizations continue to rise: CDC report

    Flu activity varies across the nation, with New Mexico reporting the highest test positivity levels. Flu hospitalizations also rose for the 12th week straight, according to the CDC's latest FluView report. 
  • COVID-19 admissions jumped 18% last week: 9 CDC findings

    The U.S. reported double-digit increases in both COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations last week, according to the CDC's COVID-19 data tracker weekly review published April 29.
  • FDA proposes ban on menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars: 5 things to know

    The FDA on April 28 proposed a ban on the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes, saying it could significantly reduce disease and death caused by tobacco products by increasing the number of smokers who quit and reducing youth experimentation and addiction.
  • A 5-letter fix for medication errors

    RaDonda Vaught's conviction for a fatal medication error is drawing newfound attention to the technological vulnerabilities of electronic medication cabinets, Kaiser Health News reported April 29.
  • CDC reports human case of avian influenza

    A Colorado man has tested positive for an H5 bird flu virus, the first such case in the U.S., health officials said April 28. 

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