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COVID Breakthrough Cases and the Importance of Vaccination
When three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines became available in the United States (a Pfizer vaccine to prevent COVID-19 for people 12 years of age and older as well as Johnson & Johnson and Moderna for people age 18 and over), a decrease in cases and a lift on some mask restrictions soon followed. It seemed an end to the current pandemic was in sight.
Now, a year and a half after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, cases are on the rise once again – including among vaccinated individuals. Infections in the vaccinated population are referred to as “breakthrough” cases, and were fully expected when the vaccines were first developed.
Eileen Knightly, MHA, RN, BSN, chief nursing officer at OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park, Illinois sheds some light on these breakthrough cases – and why vaccination is so important.
“Just because there are breakthroug
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Nurses Recommend COVID-19 Vaccines and Support Mandates and Boosters if Recommended
Data from a new survey of more than 4,500 nurses nationwide conducted by the American Nurses Association (ANA) in conjunction with the COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses campaign, highlights that the majority of nurses stand behind the science of the COVID-19 vaccines and support mandatory vaccinations for all employees.
Comprised of ANA and 22 other leading nursing and health care organizations, COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses is an education campaign that provides critical, current, and culturally sensitive COVID-19 vaccine information for the nation’s nurses.
"Nursing practice is both an art and a science. Nurses are highly skilled and knowledgeable health care providers, scientists and researchers, so they understand the rigor and effort behind developing the COVID-19 vaccines," said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Nurses Support COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates
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ACHC Releases 2021 Quality Review
ACHC Releases 2021 Quality Review Highlighting Common Deficiencies in Hospitals, Laboratories, and Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Report Underscores Challenges and Opportunities for Continued Quality Improvement
Hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and laboratories can now access Meeting the Challenge, the newly released 2021 Quality Review from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for settings accredited through its HFAP programs. The annual analysis of accreditation survey data synthesizes surveyor reports to provide useful benchmarking information for a variety of health care environments.
The report shares key insights and highlights the deficiencies noted during 2020 surveys of acute care hospitals (ACH), critical access hospitals (CAH), laboratories and ambulatory surgery centers (ASC).
The annual publication is designed to help healthcare organizations learn from thei
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NIH-funded Study Suggests A Single Skills-Based Session On Pain Management Packs A Punch
NIH-funded study suggests a single skills-based session on pain management packs a punch. Results show that a rapid “empowered relief” approach can add to the range of nonpharmacologic treatment options.
A single two-hour session of a pain management skills class could offer as much benefit as eight sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for patients experiencing chronic low-back pain (CLBP), suggests a study published in JAMA Network Open(link is external). Supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, both part of the National Institutes of Health, the study explored whether a compressed intervention could lead to the same benefits as a longer-course of CBT.
CLBP is the most common source of chronic pain in the United States and globally. Though the use of surgery and pharmaceutical interventions to