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New Survey Findings from 21K US Nurses: PPE Shortages Persist, Re-Use Practices on the Rise Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The American Nurses Association (ANA) released new findings from a nationwide COVID-19 survey that indicate personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages persist and re-use practices for single-use PPE are on the rise, despite a lack of standard practices and evidence of safety.
More than 21,000 U.S. nurses working across many health care settings responded to ANA’s latest survey. According to the new findings, 42% of nurses say they are still experiencing widespread or intermittent PPE shortages. Findings on PPE re-use and decontamination showed little improvement. Over half of nurses (+15% from May) report that they are re-using single-use PPE, like N95 masks, for five or more days and 68% say reuse is required by their facility’s policy. The decontamination of N95 masks is a practice that
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Inhaling Air Pollution from Western Wildfires like 'Smoking 25 Cigarettes a Day'
Wildfires in California have impacted the air quality in the San Francisco region. Dexter Henry spoke with Bay Area residents about how they've been impacted.
As the sun rose over the western United States on Wednesday, residents in San Francisco stepped outside into an otherworldly scene. The sun was dimmed and everything appeared rusty orange as dense smoke from wildfires burning across the West obscured the sky.
"It reminded me of that scene in Independence Day when the aliens landed. That's what it felt like," Carolina Nassif, a San Francisco resident, told AccuWeather's National Weather Reporter Dexter Henry. Nassif has lived in San Francisco for 16 years and explained that she has never experienced air quality conditions this poor.
"When you experience [it] in real life, it looks like an ominous, deep, dark brown. Imagine the sky was just dark, dirty brown," Nassif added.
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Colorado State University Global Launches New Fully Online Program in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology
Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) – a premier provider of innovative higher-learning opportunities through high-quality, career-relevant, and affordable online education – is proud to announce its new master’s degree in Military and Emergency Responder Psychology.
Among the first of its kind in the nation, the 60-credit hour program is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of the values, mindset, and occupational hazards that military and first responder personnel face on a daily basis. The program includes coursework that is aligned with the CACREP standards to help prepare students to sit for the National Counselor Exam and internships and ensure students gain real-world experience in this area to complement their learning.
“We are so excited about the opportunity to support the mental wellness of our military and emergency responder communities.
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AdvaMed Commends CMS Proposed Rule to Improve Coverage For Innovative, “Breakthrough” Technologies
Following issuance by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposed rule on Medicare coverage of innovative technologies, the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) issued the following statements from President and CEO Scott Whitaker and other medtech industry leaders commending the agency’s action:
“In order to incentivize innovative medical breakthroughs, the federal government must ensure those breakthrough technologies are covered by Medicare,” said Scott Whitaker, AdvaMed president and CEO. “We are pleased that this proposed rule gets us closer to this goal as it would help ensure the patients who need these innovative technologies have access to them. We thank HHS Secretary Azar and CMS Administrator Verma for their leadership. The Administration’s continued focus on the value of medical technology and innovative breakthroughs will without questio