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J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect ; 11(6): 808-811, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1517744


Objectives: Social distancing practices brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have limited the ability of residency training programs to deliver procedure training via traditional in-person methods. Financial strains brought on by the pandemic also mean that fewer resources may be available to develop novel teaching processes. We sought to investigate a protocol meant to address the rising need for inexpensive procedure training that can be performed remotely or in a socially distanced manner. Methods: We used a sausage model to train 11 family medicine residents in toenail procedures. The training was delivered via two-way video telecommunication as the residents were separated into small groups in separate rooms. Learners were given a cognitive skills evaluation and were asked to perform a self-assessment of their confidence with procedures using a scale of 1-10. These assessments were administered before and after the procedure and the results were compared using a paired t-test. Results: The cognitive score improved from a pretest average of 73.6% to a posttest average of 86.0% (P = 0.022). The improvements in trainee self-assessment were significant for all performance characteristics of the procedure. Conclusions: This evidence supports the use of synchronous video communication to train family medicine residents in toenail procedures using a sausage model.

Mayo Clin Proc ; 96(5): 1250-1261, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1219872


The administration of spike monoclonal antibody treatment to patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 is very challenging. This article summarizes essential components and processes in establishing an effective spike monoclonal antibody infusion program. Rapid identification of a dedicated physical infrastructure was essential to circumvent the logistical challenges of caring for infectious patients while maintaining compliance with regulations and ensuring the safety of our personnel and other patients. Our partnerships and collaborations among multiple different specialties and disciplines enabled contributions from personnel with specific expertise in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, infection prevention and control, electronic health record (EHR) informatics, compliance, legal, medical ethics, engineering, administration, and other critical areas. Clear communication and a culture in which all roles are welcomed at the planning and operational tables are critical to the rapid development and refinement needed to adapt and thrive in providing this time-sensitive beneficial therapy. Our partnerships with leaders and providers outside our institutions, including those who care for underserved populations, have promoted equity in the access of monoclonal antibodies in our regions. Strong support from institutional leadership facilitated expedited action when needed, from a physical, personnel, and system infrastructure standpoint. Our ongoing real-time assessment and monitoring of our clinical program allowed us to improve and optimize our processes to ensure that the needs of our patients with COVID-19 in the outpatient setting are met.

Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , COVID-19 , Critical Pathways , Home Infusion Therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus , Antibodies, Monoclonal/administration & dosage , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/therapy , Clinical Protocols , Critical Pathways/organization & administration , Critical Pathways/trends , Efficiency, Organizational , Home Infusion Therapy/methods , Home Infusion Therapy/standards , Humans , Intersectoral Collaboration , Organizational Culture , Program Development/methods , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Severity of Illness Index , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/antagonists & inhibitors , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/immunology , United States/epidemiology