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COVID-19 Scan for Jun 29, 2021

COVID-19 Scan for Jun 29, 2021

Analysis of 10 studies shows ivermectin not effective in treating COVID-19 A new meta-analysis of 10 studies shows ivermectin (IVM), an anti-parasite drug, is not an effective treatment for COVID-19 and is not a viable treatment option for patients. The study was published yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The authors analyzed results from 10 randomized

Nearly all US COVID-19 deaths now preventable

Nearly all US COVID-19 deaths now preventable

For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in earnest in March of 2020 in the United States, nearly all of the deaths recorded in recent weeks were preventable, occurring in unvaccinated Americans. According to an Associated Press analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data from May, only about 150 of

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 25, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Jun 25, 2021

New C difficile guidelines favor fidaxomicin over vancomycin Guidelines published yesterday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) contain three new recommendations for treating adults who have Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). For both initial and recurring CDI cases, the new guidelines, published in Clinical Infectious

COVID-19 Scan for Jun 24, 2021

COVID-19 Scan for Jun 24, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination tied to reduced household transmission COVID-19 transmission among household members may be reduced 40% to 50% when a person has been vaccinated 21 days or more, according to a New England Journal of Medicine letter to the editor yesterday. The researchers looked at more than 1 million household contacts in England from Jan

Diagnosis and Management of Coagulation Disorders Related to COVID-19

Although the clinical features of SARS-CoV-2 infection were first reported in 2019, it has also been established that hospitalized patients with COVID-19, especially those admitted to intensive care unit (ICU), have an increased risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) despite prophylactic dose anticoagulation.1-4 As a result, some experts have suggested that higher anticoagulation targets may be

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Jun 18, 2021

ASP Scan (Weekly) for Jun 18, 2021

Our weekly wrap-up of antimicrobial stewardship & antimicrobial resistance scans Outpatient antibiotic durations frequently longer than needed, study finds Nearly 40% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions in an integrated healthcare system in Denver were longer than necessary, researchers reported yesterday in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. The analysis of antibiotic prescribing across the ambulatory care network of Denver

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