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Activ Surgical Announces FDA Clearance for ActivSight Intraoperative Imaging Module

Activ Surgical announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the company’s ActivSight Intraoperative Imaging Module for enhanced surgical visualization.

Metrex Surface Disinfectant Portfolio Secures EPA Approval

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved all eight surface disinfectant products made by an infection prevention leader, Metrex, as effective against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Olympus Supports Safety Actions Regarding Surgical Smoke

Olympus has announced its support of The Joint Commission’s recommended safety actions for managing the hazards of exposure to surgical smoke for health care staff in operating rooms.

Exofin Fusion Redesign Receives FDA Approval

Chemence Medical, a leader in medical cyanoacrylate devices and products, announced the U.S. Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) approval of the company’s redesigned exofin fusion skin closure system.

CDC: Characteristics of Health Care Workers with COVID-19

On April 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) “Characteristics of Health Care Personnel with COVID-19 — United States, February 12–April 9, 2020.”

A summary on the CDC website it states,”Limited information is available about COVID-19 infections among U.S. health care personnel (HCP).”

When asked, “What is added by this report?” The website lists the following:

“Of 9,282 U.S. COVID-19 cases reported among HCP, median age was 42 years, and 73% were female, reflecting these distributions among the HCP workforce. HCP patients reported contact with COVID-19 patients in health care, household, and community settings. Most HCP patients were not hospitalized; however, severe outcomes, including death, were reported among all age groups.”

The summary replies to the question “What are the implications for public health practice?” with teh following:

“It is critical to ensure the health and safety of HCP, both at work and in the community. Improving surveillance through routine reporting of occupation and industry not only benefits HCP, but all workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Find out more here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e6.htm?s_cid=mm6915e6_w

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