Division of Infectious Diseases

COVID-19 vaccines at the Specialty Care Center

Since mid-August 2021, the Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Center (SCC) has been busy administering Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to patients at the clinic. Many of these patients were previously hesitant about receiving COVID-19 vaccines elsewhere in the community, but had expressed willingness to complete it at the SCC.

Introducing a new Nebraska DHHS funded UNMC ID ECHO Educational Series

Introducing a newly launched educational initiative, the UNMC ID Health equity and Quality Improvement ECHO Project. The goal of the program is to achieve health equity, address COVID-19 disparities, and improve the health of all Nebraskans using a quality improvement approach. The course is being offered at no cost to the learners through the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Infectious Diseases (ID) ECHO program… Continue Reading

Publication Alert: Structural Vulnerability among Patients with HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Co-Infection

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Publication Alert: Structural Vulnerability among Patients with HIV and SARS-CoV-2 Co-Infection. This content was provided by Natasha Hongsermeier-Graves, MD/MPH student at UNMC College of Medicine/Harvard School of Public Health. She led a recently published study, collaborating with another UNMC medical student Rohan Khazanchi, and UNMC ID faculty Drs. Jasmine Marcelin and Nada Fadul.

Hot Topics in Healthcare – HAIs and Infection Prevention Post-Pandemic

Post written by Dr. Kelly Cawcutt & originally posted at https://www.cloroxpro.com/blog/hot-topics-in-healthcare-hais-infection-prevention-post-pandemic/ The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to healthcare throughout the world. Fraught with high volumes of patients and paucity of resources and testing, combined with personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing shortages the past year has taught the healthcare community lasting lessons in resilience.  The rapidly advancing knowledge around the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes… Continue Reading

Publication Alert: De-Isolation of COVID19 Patients

Content by Dr. Clayton Mowrer, 2021 UNMC ID graduate. Early in the pandemic, it became clear that patients with COVID-19 can demonstrate prolonged detection of viral RNA (as along as weeks to months), which can lead to prolonged hospitalizations, especially for those patients with more severe disease. One of the difficulties often encountered in managing these patients was in determining how long they were required to be in isolation. Initially, the policy… Continue Reading

COVID-19 In Vaccinated Health Care Workers – The Nebraska Medicine Experience

Content provided by Dr. Rick Starlin. Household contacts to active SARS-Cov2 to infectious cases has been identified as a significant risk factor for acquisition of infection since early in the pandemic. We identified this as one of our biggest risk factors for colleague acquisition of SARS-CoV2 to infection at Nebraska Medicine as well. This brief report written by a team from Nebraska Medicine/UNMC, shows our… Continue Reading

UVGI N95 Decontamination – a Method to Extend the Supply of N95 Respirators in Time of Emergency

Outbreaks due to respiratory viruses pose a unique threat to health care as they require often significant amounts of personal protective equipment. Based upon previous modeling of severe influenza pandemics, the need for N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFRs) would range between 1.7 and 7.3 billion FFR’s, however there were only an estimated 60 million FFRs available at the time of the onset of the… Continue Reading

SHEA Journal Club Review: “Not Throwin’ Away My Shot”: Early data for COVID-19 vaccination in previously infected healthcare workers and solid organ transplant recipients

As more vaccinations are completed worldwide, specific vaccine strategies and outcomes among special patient populations are newly available. Two populations of interest include vaccinees with previous COVID-19 and those with a history of a solid organ transplant. Dr. Erica Stohs reviews early data for SHEA Journal Club

The Weekly Corona with Dr. Raquel Lamarche

Dr. Raquel Lamarche is a PGY1 Internal Medicine/Pediatrics resident at UNMC, who will be summarizing updates about SARS-CoV-2 and hopefully make information easier to digest, with additional outlines of implications for graduate medical education. This week Dr. Lamarche discusses “The reopening”. You can follow Dr. Lamarche on Twitter @LamarcheRaquel.