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WHO announces official name for coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently announced the official name of the coronavirus: COVID-19. Amongst this development, recent news has begun to suggest that although the death rate of COVID-19 is still rising, infection...

WHO reports that coronavirus transmission outside of China may increase

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that the rate of coronavirus transmission outside of China may soon be increasing. Tedros Ghebreyesus, the director-general of WHO, describes the potential with the following: “It’s slow now,...

Wound dehiscence

Detect and report warning signs to save lives. Takeaways: Dehiscence of abdominal surgical wounds is a medical emergency and requires immediate action to reduce further complications. Knowing who is at risk and the early signs...

ECRI Institute launches digital resource for coronavirus

The ECRI Institute recently launched its Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center for healthcare providers and hospitals to learn how to protect themselves and their patients. The Center includes guidance on infection prevention and control, checklists, equipment...

Preventing hospital-acquired pneumonia

Implementing a fundamental nursing skills bundle can reduce risk. Takeaways: Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) is a serious complication of an acute care admission, particularly for patients noted to be at risk. HAP can be reduced when...

FDA launches mobile app on antiretrovirals

On Jan. 29, the FDA launched an interactive database that will offer a wealth of critical information about antiretrovirals eligible for purchase under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program. Read more https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-launches-mobile-friendly-database-information-life-saving-hiv-drugs-part-ongoing-mission-empower.

New report puts coronavirus infection count over 75K in Wuhan

A new report indicates that there could be over 75,000 reports of coronavirus infections in Wuhan, China, and almost 10,000 cases across the entire nation of China. Meanwhile, in the United States, three major airlines...

Increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in US

Over the weekend, there was an increase in the amount of confirmed coronavirus cases to hit the United States; currently, there are five confirmed cases. Additionally, there has been an increase in both the amount...

First coronavirus patient identified in U.S.

On the heels of today's earlier post regarding the increase mortality rates in Wuhan, China from the coronavirus, The New York Times (NYT) just released an article detailing news that the first U.S. patient with coronavirus has...

Deaths from coronavirus rise

In the past 24 hours, news coverage of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China has become more and more rampant. I first heard of the outbreak from my husband last night before bed, and was...

First FDA-approved treatment for preventing Ebola virus

In late December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Merck’s Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease. The FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legislation, and International...

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Hands: Keep them clean

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today It's National Handwashing Awareness Week, so what better time to remind everyone about the importance of hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infection?  The American...