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Open Forum Infectious Diseases ; 8(SUPPL 1):S365-S366, 2021.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-1746467


Background. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an emergency use authorization (EUA) was issued for neutralizing antibody therapies including BAM. Licensing trials suggest that use of BAM reduces hospitalizations when compared with placebo (1.6% vs 6.3%). However, the real world impact of BAM is not well-described. In this study, risk factors, outcomes, and hospitalization rates among high-risk outpatients presenting with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who received BAM were examined. Methods. This is a single center retrospective analysis of all patients who received BAM monotherapy between 11/11/2020 and 3/16/2021. Electronic health records were reviewed for baseline demographics, EUA indications, comorbidities, and outcomes to include infusion reactions, hospitalizations, and deaths occurring within 29 days of BAM administration. Moderate COVID-19 was defined as having any infiltrate on chest imaging prior to BAM administration. Chi-squared or Fisher's exact tests were used to compare categorical values as appropriate, and Mann-Whitney U for continuous variables. Results. Of the 101 patients who received BAM (median age 64 years;21% black;4% Hispanic;55% male), 13 were subsequently admitted. 22 patients (22%) had moderately severe disease as evidenced by abnormal imaging. Severity on presentation, number of indications for therapy, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and number of co-morbidities were significantly associated with subsequent admission (table 1). No patients had adverse infusion reactions. Of those hospitalized, 8 (61.5%) were for COVID-19, the median duration of hospitalization was 2 days, and 4 received guideline-directed treatment for COVID-19 (table 2). Conclusion. In a high-risk population, hospitalization rates were higher than those observed in clinical trials, with 8% of subjects being admitted for COVID-19. Disease severity on presentation, multiple indications for therapy, and the presence of multiple co-morbidities were all associated with subsequent admission. Reassuringly, BAM was well tolerated, and in those requiring admission, hospitalizations were short, resource utilization was low, and there were no deaths.

Medical Decision Making ; 41(4):E183-E184, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1250662
Vox Sanguinis ; 29:29, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1209412


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Access to large pools of healthy adult donors advantageously positions blood component providers to undertake anti-SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence studies. While numerous seroprevalence reports have been published by blood operators during the COVID-19 pandemic, details on the assay used has not been well documented. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the diversity of assays being used by blood operators and assess how this may affect seroprevalence estimates. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We surveyed 49 blood component providers from 39 countries. Questionnaire included information on the number and identity of assays used, the detected immunoglobulin(s) and target antigen, and performance characteristics (sensitivity, specificity). RESULTS: Thirty-eight of the 49 contacted blood suppliers provided at least partial responses. The results indicate that 19 commercial and five in-house serology assays have been used by surveyed blood operators. The Abbott SARS-CoV-2 IgG assay was the most commonly used kit and utilized by 15 blood suppliers. Two assays did not detect IgG, but detected either IgM/IgA or IgM. 68.2% of assays targeted the spike protein and 50% the nucleocapsid protein, while 18.2% targeted both viral proteins. The sensitivity and specificity of IgG-specific assays ranged from 71.9% to 100% and from 96.2% to 100%, respectively. As of 18 October 2020, the seroprevalence was below 5% in 10 of 14 countries reporting. CONCLUSION: Our results highlight the diversity of assays being used. Analyses comparing blood donor seroprevalence across countries should consider assay characteristics with optimization of signal/cut-off ratios and consistent methodology to adjust for waning antibody.