Today's Top 20 Clinical Leadership & Infection Control Articles
  • Routine vaccinations dipped amid COVID-19, CDC finds

    Routine childhood vaccinations fell nationwide amid the pandemic and are below target levels, the CDC reported April 22. 
  • The path to health equity: How to address implicit bias in medicine and better understand health disparities

    The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated health disparities along racial and ethnic lines. In response, healthcare organizations are reexamining their role in contributing to these inequities and assessing potential action steps to address this vast and urgent challenge. This work is driving more healthcare leaders toward an essential realization: One of the most subtle and dangerous ways in which the medical profession perpetuates health inequities is through the practice of implicit bias.
  • 7 recent COVID-19 research findings

    Here are seven COVID-19-related research findings covered by Becker's Hospital Review since March 30:
  • Debunking PPE-Related Myths

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  • The value of wearing a mask when others don't

    A federal judge's rejection of the nation's mask mandate for travelers taking public transportation set off a flurry of responses. 
  • AAMI's newest standards for flexible endoscope processing — 5 takeaways

    The current updates to the AAMI ST91 national standard are intended to reduce outbreaks linked to the use of contaminated endoscopes through quality processing. Key aspects of this updated standard focus on inspection, cleaning verification, drying post processing, and endoscope storage, in addition to physical design and an emphasis on training and certification.
  • CDC advisers mull booster strategy: 4 notes

    The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met April 20 to discuss the nation's COVID-19 booster strategy, according to CNBC.
  • Shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections? 20 days, researchers say

    Twenty days is the shortest known gap between COVID-19 infections in a single patient, new research from the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases found.
  • Justice Department appeals Florida ruling ending masks on public transportation

    At the CDC's request, the Justice Department on April 20 appealed a ruling from a federal judge in Florida that voided the nation's mask mandate for travelers taking public transportation, including airplanes and trains. 
  • C. auris outbreak halts admissions at Detroit specialty hospital

    A small specialty hospital that operates within DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit is pausing admissions due to an outbreak of the deadly, drug-resistant fungus Candida auris, the Detroit Free Press reported April 20.
  • 'Short-sighted' and 'ill-timed': 8 healthcare leaders react to federal mask ruling

    Many health experts expressed concern over how the CDC's authority might be diluted in future outbreaks after a federal judge in Florida struck down the nation's mask mandate for public transportation April 18. 
  • Health officials search for cause of mysterious hepatitis outbreaks

    Scientists and health officials are investigating upticks in severe hepatitis cases among young children in the U.S. and Europe, according to Science.
  • Prevalence of BA.2 subvariant rises: 3 COVID-19 updates

    A sublineage of the BA.2 omicron subvariant — BA.2.12.1 — is gaining traction in the U.S., with the latest CDC variant proportion estimates showing the strain now accounts for 19 percent of the nation's COVID-19 cases. 
  • Kaiser, Prime Healthcare receive Eisenberg patient safety, quality awards

    The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum selected Prime Healthcare Services and Kaiser Permanente Northern California as recipients of their John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards in two categories. 
  • Hospital for Special Surgery names chief nurse

    New York City-based Hospital for Special Surgery has appointed Paul Coyne, DNP, APRN, senior vice president and chief nurse executive.
  • Unclear link between physician burnout, care quality: Study

    A study involving physician surveys and Medicare claims data found no consistent relationship between burnout and patient outcomes, according to findings published in the April edition of Health Affairs.
  • CDC creates center for disease forecasting

    The CDC on April 19 launched a new Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics aimed at improving response measures during disease outbreaks.
  • Judge blocks US' transportation mask mandate, despite CDC extension

    A federal judge in Florida on April 18 voided the nation's mask mandate on public transportation, including airplanes, trains, buses and airports. The move comes despite the CDC's recent decision to extend the rule through at least May 3. 
  • The exodus of young nurses

    The U.S. nursing workforce fell by more than 100,000 in 2021, primarily driven by nurses under age 35 leaving hospital-based jobs, according to an analysis published April 13 in Health Affairs.
  • Some hospitals relax masking rules

    Health systems are weighing and making decisions for face masks to become optional for many individuals in certain spaces. 
  • 4 nurses making headlines on and off the job

    Here are four nurses who have made headlines for their efforts on and off the job  since April 5:

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