Can Remdesivir shorten COVID-19 recovery?

Does Remdesivir shorten coronavirus recovery?

Researchers have found an experimental drug that may shorten the recovery time for patients with the COVID-19 infection. The drug, called remdesivir, has been found to interfere with the replication of some viruses, including COVID-19. On April 29th, Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), reported that a clinical trial of more than a thousand patients on remdesivir resulted in an average recovery time of 11 days, in contrast to 15 days for a placebo. “Although a 31% improvement doesn’t seem like a [...]

Research finds dangerous blood clots linked to COVID-19

Research finds blood clots in COVID-19 cases

In a recent issue of the RSNA’s journal, Radiology, a special report outlined the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of complications stemming from blood clots in COVID-19 patients. In addition, the journal published two research letters and a case study on the topic.  As COVID-19 spreads throughout the world, clinicians have been forced to face the virus with no proven treatment options. Physicians combatting the respiratory virus have utilized diagnostic imaging, such as ultrasound and CT, as they attempt a variety of different treatment options and tailor their approach on a case-by-case basis.    Due to [...]

Ultrasound protection for COVID-19

AIUM releases guidelines for ultrasound protection and disinfection during COVID-19

Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians have been ordering imaging scans to examine and diagnose patients with symptoms of the respiratory virus. As diagnostic imaging professionals are called upon to perform scanning, infection control and ultrasound disinfection practices have become an urgent concern for both the safety of the clinician and the patient. The highly contagious COVID-19 virus can be transmitted through the air and surfaces. Many physicians have turned to ultrasound as a method of diagnosing patients and monitoring confirmed cases. Ultrasound scans such as [...]

New guidelines for surgical site infection prevention

New guidelines launched to reduce surgical site infections

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in the United Kingdom recently funded an international effort led by the University of Birmingham (UK) which set forth nine recommendations that the group believes should be urgently implemented across hospitals world-wide in the fight against surgical site infection (SSI).   Surgical site infections pose significant dangers and delays to the recovery of patients. SSI is the most common complication following abdominal surgery, affecting 9% of patients in high-income countries, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, and 17% of patients in low- and [...]

CDC explains cleaning and disinfection differences for infection control

CDC clarifies difference between cleaning and disinfection

The coronavirus outbreak has made infection control a top of mind concern for medical practices and the general public. Governments around the world have been pushing stringent public health strategies to stem the spread of COVID-19 and this includes the promotion of safe disinfection practices.  Although infection preventionists and medical staff in healthcare facilities may be accustomed to the need for infection control, the pandemic has created new concerns for the general public. To clarify its recommendations, the Centers for Disease [...]

Ultrasound treatment for diabetes to increase insulin levels

New Research Points to Ultrasound as a Diabetes Treatment

In a recent study conducted at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., researchers found a new method to treat diabetes via ultrasound. They recently presented their findings at the 177th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in Louisville, KY. In the study, which was performed on mice, investigators used ultrasound to prompt the release of insulin from beta cells in the pancreases of the test subjects. The sound was transmitted to the abdomen in a transcutaneous way to avoid the breaking of skin. Ultrasound has been used by medical [...]

French medical imaging expert gives six tips to win against COVID-19

French medical imaging expert offers 6 tips to successfully treat COVID-19

Physicians have found that pneumonia induced by COVID-19 typically worsens between one and two weeks of symptom onset. Therefore, practitioners have been using medical imaging to aid in monitoring patients and predicting their need for oxygen and ventilation. The timing and use of the imaging must be precise, according to French thoracic imaging specialist Professor Antoine Khalil. In a recent European Society of Cardiology (ESC) webinar, Khalil stressed how patients should not be imaged without proper cause as this can increase the risk [...]

Doctor treats coronavirus with ultrasound

Doctor treats coronavirus with ultrasound

Hospitals in Turin, Italy have been experiencing waves of sick patients with COVID-19. Initially, physicians at the University Hospital San Luigi Gonzaga believed that advanced age was an adequate predictor of which cases would be fatal. However, time has proven that age alone is not a reliable predictor of fatality. “We intubated a woman who was 38 years old,” said Giovanni Volpicelli, MD. “We see otherwise healthy patients with acute symptoms of pneumonia due to the virus.” And as they’ve gone treating more patients, Volpicelli says, “the [...]

Preventing COVID-19 transmission

Protecting the operating room from COVID-19

In the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic, high-risk settings such as the operating room experience increased difficulties in infection control. It is essential that infection preventionists charged with protecting these environments properly examine their current disinfection practices and ensure that they are being followed. The process of infection prevention in the operating room can be viewed in two ways: proper hygiene protocols for surgical staff to reduce the risk of person-to-person contamination and the disinfection of surgical equipment and surfaces in the operating room to prevent surface-to-person [...]

EDM Medical Solutions is now a vendor with MAGNET GROUP

EDM Medical Solutions joins MAGNET GROUP in strategic partnership

MIAMI, FL — EDM Medical Solutions, a leading provider of medical imaging supplies in the United States and abroad, today announced that it has partnered with MAGNET GROUP as a vendor.  Through this strategic partnership, EDM will offer its wide selection of high-quality medical imaging supplies and equipment to MAGNET’s 9,000 members at a group price. The group has a diverse range of members, from hospitals to imaging centers to medical schools. EDM seeks to leverage its experience from serving a broad mix of healthcare facilities in the past to meet the needs [...]