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NIH Holds COVID-19 Vaccine Kick-off Event
The National Institutes of Health held a livestreamed COVID-19 vaccination event to kick-off NIH’s vaccination efforts for its employees on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Six healthcare workers from the NIH Clinical Center received the Moderna OVID-19 vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, kicking off a live event during which U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II, NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., and NIH Office of Research Services Director Colleen A. McGowan will give brief remarks and also be vaccinated.
Following the event, additional healthcare workers from the NIH Clinical Center will receive the vaccine from the agency’s first shipment of 100 doses. NIH expects a sizeable shipment from the State of Maryland next week for its tier 1 front li
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FDA Grants 3B Medical Emergency Use for Lumin UV System Use in Nursing Homes, Ambulatory Care and Primary Care for SARS-CoV-2 N95 Re-Use
3B Medical announced receiving Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA to permit use of Lumin, a UVC system, on N95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lumin was designed to clean CPAP accessories but is also used as a multi-purpose sanitizer. Today's announcement by the FDA allows Lumin to be used by healthcare workers employed in nursing homes, long term acute care, ambulatory, primary care, and clinics to allow N95 re-use to stop the spread of COVID-19 and help keep frontline healthcare workers safe.
UVC was first reportedly used for N95 decontamination during the COVID-19 crisis by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Since then the CDC recognized UVC as a potential means of decontaminating N95 respirators, if the proper wavelength and UVC irradiance dose were used. While FDA has approved other systems for hospital use, the approved systems are complicated, limited to l
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IAEA Director General Grossi Warns about Health Impact of Delayed Cancer Care During Pandemic
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, warned today that the global COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting key health services to diagnose and treat chronic conditions such as cancer and heart disease, potentially putting many lives at risk, particularly in unprepared and underequipped low-income countries.
Speaking at a panel discussion at the World Health Summit in Berlin, Director General Grossi said an IAEA survey on the impact of the pandemic on nuclear medicine services showed worrisome trends. “Diagnostic procedures fell on average by more than half in the 72 countries surveyed,” he said.
The IAEA helps countries in the use of nuclear and radiation medicine to detect and treat cancers, and to manage cardiovascular diseases as well as neurological and kidney disorders, among others.
While tackling COVID-19 remains a global priori
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Patient Safety Movement Foundation Launches New Commitment Model Supporting Mission to Achieve Zero Preventable Patient Deaths by 2030
Every year, more than 4.8 million patients lose their lives to preventable medical errors worldwide. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), a global non-profit, is committed to achieving zero preventable patient deaths by 2030 and has launched a revised commitment model for hospitals and healthcare organizations to help make its goal a reality.
The Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s initial model focused on securing healthcare organization commitments to target the leading causes of preventable harm and death occurring in healthcare facilities. Today’s updates instead ask organizations to commit to building and sustaining a foundation for safe and reliable care – and provide free “Actionable Patient Safety Solutions” (APSS), which include evidence-based best practice summaries and solutions, educational resources and virtual coaching to help organizations integrate these be