As the third year of COVID-19 draws to a close, learn about the future of the pandemic in latest episode of Dartmouth Health’s "The Cure Podcast"
The United States is currently experiencing an early uptick in influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infections, straining healthcare systems trying to recover from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, healthcare facilities are struggling to keep up with ever-evolving guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
In the newest episode of Dartmouth Health's "The Cure Podcast," hosts Jose R. Mercado, MD, regional medical director for inpatient quality at Dartmouth Health, and Jessica L. Swain, director of infection prevention and control at Dartmouth Health, were joined by Erin E. Patnode, BSN, RN, and Mary Curtin Pierce, BSN, RN, both infection preventionists at Dartmouth Health member Cheshire Medical Center, to discuss the latest in COVID-19 infection prevention strategies. Philip Adamo, MD, MPH, section chief and medical director of Occupational and Environmental Health and Wellbeing at Dartmouth Health, also joined the conversation to discuss the evolution of occupational health with regards to COVID-19. Michael S. Calderwood, MD, MPH, chief quality officer for Dartmouth Health member Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), offered insights around vaccination and the future of the COVID-19 management.
"The latest CDC guidance has updated to allow facilities to flex when community transmission levels are low. Most of the U.S., including New Hampshire and our neighboring states, are in the red," Patnode said. "At Dartmouth Health facilities, our guidance remains unchanged. We continue to follow the CDC guidance for masking, requiring universal source control, especially in public areas or when patients are being encountered."
"The Cure" also recently released an episode on colonoscopy screening, following the publication of European research showing a relatively similar risk of death from colorectal cancer between screened and unscreened populations. This episode features DHMC gastroenterologist Audrey H. Calderwood, MD, MS, and may be accessed here.
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