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Adv Chronic Kidney Dis ; 29(1): 45-51, 2022 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1890303


The ETC model proposes to increase access to home dialysis and transplant for patients with ESRD. Implementation of this model is happening while many dialysis organizations are still suffering the far-reaching effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, the model has the potential to negatively affect small and independent dialysis organizations disproportionately. It incentivizes home dialysis over transplant and promotes development of new home dialysis programs, rewards achievement over improvement, and places an excessive burden on small and independent dialysis organizations. Advantages of the program include the focus on self-care as an acceptable alternative to home dialysis for some patients and the potential for some organizations to make improvements in care with increased reimbursements. The authors hope that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will address many of these concerns in updated rulemaking and guidance.

COVID-19 , Kidney Failure, Chronic , Aged , Humans , Kidney Failure, Chronic/therapy , Medicare , Policy , Renal Dialysis , United States
J Laryngol Otol ; 134(7): 577-581, 2020 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-639738


BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 personal protective equipment has been reported to affect communication in healthcare settings. This study sought to identify those challenges experimentally. METHOD: Bamford-Kowal-Bench speech discrimination in noise performance of healthcare workers was tested under simulated background noise conditions from a variety of hospital environments. Candidates were assessed for ability to interpret speech with and without personal protective equipment, with both normal speech and raised voice. RESULTS: There was a significant difference in speech discrimination scores between normal and personal protective equipment wearing subjects in operating theatre simulated background noise levels (70 dB). CONCLUSION: Wearing personal protective equipment can impact communication in healthcare environments. Efforts should be made to remind staff about this burden and to seek alternative communication paradigms, particularly in operating theatre environments.

Communication , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Personal Protective Equipment/adverse effects , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Adult , COVID-19 , Female , Humans , Intensive Care Units , Male , Middle Aged , Operating Rooms , Pandemics , Personnel, Hospital/psychology , Speech , Speech Intelligibility