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News Scan for Aug 31, 2021

News Scan for Aug 31, 2021

COVID vaccine doses may have weaker effect in immune-compromised After two doses of an mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, nearly 90% of immunocompromised patients had an antibody response, but it was about as third as strong as those with healthy immune systems, according to data published in the Annals of Internal Medicine yesterday. Researchers recruited 133 adults

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Aug 31, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Aug 31, 2021

Survey: Those with minor symptoms more likely to OK delayed antibiotics Severity and the type of symptoms experienced appear to be the biggest factors in accepting a delayed antibiotic prescription for a respiratory tract infection (RTI), according to a UK survey published yesterday in PLOS Medicine. The survey, completed by 802 adults and 801 parents

US tops 100,000 daily COVID-19 hospital cases

US tops 100,000 daily COVID-19 hospital cases

For only the second time during the 18 months America has been battling COVID-19, the country reached 100,000 daily hospitalizations due to infection with the virus, matching the previous record seen last winter. In several states, the fourth wave, or summer surge caused by the Delta (B1617.2) variant, has led to hospital bed and healthcare

Half of US teens partially vaccinated against COVID

Half of US teens partially vaccinated against COVID

Half of US 12- to 17-year-olds have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose, and their vaccination rate is rising higher than any other age-group, said White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients during a White House briefing today. Despite the milestone, concerns about the school year continue as the Delta variant (B1617.2) rips through the

News Scan for Aug 27, 2021

News Scan for Aug 27, 2021

COVID-19 infection tied to much higher clot risk than vaccination The risk of blood clots is higher following COVID-19 infection than after vaccination, researchers based at Oxford University reported today in BMJ. Earlier this year, a number of countries identified rare thrombocytopenia and thromboembolic events in people who had received adenovirus-based vaccines, which resulted in

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Aug 27, 2021

Stewardship / Resistance Scan for Aug 27, 2021

Study indicates stewardship helped reduce pediatric vancomycin use A quality improvement (QI) program combining clinician education, clear and concise recommendations, and decision support was associated with a safe reduction in vancomycin use in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), researchers reported today in Pediatrics. To reduce unnecessary vancomycin use in PICU patients with suspected community-acquired