The LocumTenens.com survey was conducted in June and highlights information collected from 940 healthcare professionals in 35 medical specialties.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made patients hesitant about visiting doctor offices due to fear of infection. In April, a Medical Group Management Association survey found that physician practices had experienced 60% average decrease in patient volume.
UCLA researchers wrote that a small study of 34 patients, with a median age of 43, found that the antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes the disease — decreased by roughly half every 73 days, and would disappear entirely within a year at such a rate.
The new research, which was published by JAMA Internal Medicine, is based on data collected from more than 2,000 adults diagnosed with COVID-19 who were admitted to ICUs at 65 hospitals across the United States from March 4 to April 4.
The following Q&A resulted from a conversation PSQH had with Stacy Pur, vice president of product development at Minneapolis-based VigiLanz, a company that provides real-time clinical surveillance systems for hospitals.
NAHQ Next 2020 is scheduled for September 14-16, featuring speakers from quality or leadership positions at healthcare organizations including Cedars-Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Lifespan, and SSM Health. Initial plans were to have the conference take place in Indianapolis.
A recent survey of 100 hospital leaders, physicians, pharmacists, and infection preventionists reveals some of the new safety-enhancing approaches that hospitals should consider. In the survey, conducted by healthcare consultancy Sage Growth Partners just prior to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, respondents identified their top safety challenges, evaluated their safety performance, and identified their most successful safety improvement approaches.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Healthcare Safety Network COVID-19 module will no longer be an option for daily reporting, effective July 15, the Department of Health and Human Services announced.
The new Merritt Hawkins report, “2020 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives and the Impact of COVID-19,” examines clinician recruitment data for the one-year period ending March 31, 2020. Although the number of physician search engagements the company conducted during the period increased, search engagements conducted since March 31 have declined 30%.
With the virus primarily spread through respiratory droplets and aerosol particles, N95 masks have been in high demand and limited supply. In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that a prolonged pandemic would require 3.5 billion N95 masks but only 35 million were stocked.