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ASAIO Journal ; 68:61-62, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2032179


Background: Patients with severe COVID-19 related respiratory failure may require veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV ECMO). After decannulation, patients on VV ECMO have historically had high percentages of cannula-associated deep vein thrombosis (CaDVT). Due to their hypercoagulable state and prolonged course on VV ECMO, we hypothesized that patients with COVID-19 would experience a higher rate of CaDVT when compared to their non-COVID-19 counterparts. We also described the association between location and size of cannula in the development of CaDVTs. Methods: This was a single center retrospective review of patients ≥ 18 years old who were treated with VV ECMO and decannulated from January 1, 2014, to January 10, 2022. Patients who were placed on VV ECMO due to trauma and patients who were cannulated for veno-arterial ECMO were excluded. Patients were managed in a dedicated Lung Rescue Unit and anticoagulated with a heparin infusion at a goal partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) of 45-55 or 60-80 depending on the presence of clotting complications. Post-decannulation venous duplexes were performed 24 hours after decannulation and if positive for DVT, performed again in 2 weeks. Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to analyze our primary outcome of the development of CaDVT. Results: A total of 291 patients met our inclusion criteria: 76 COVID-19 VV ECMO patients and 215 non-COVID-19 VV ECMO patients. Decannulated COVID-19 VV ECMO patients had a significantly higher body mass index (BMI) (35.8, 32.9, p= 0.03) and length of ECMO run (hours) (660, 312, p< 0.001) than their non-COVID-19 counterparts. Most decannulated patients in both groups received post-decannulation duplexes (96%, 99%, p= 0.45). COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients decannulated from VV ECMO both experienced high incidences of CaDVT on initial post-decannulation ultrasound (95%, 88%, p= 0.13). COVID-19 patients were more likely to have multiple CaDVTs (32%, 11%, p< 0.001). Patients with COVID- 19 experienced a higher rate of right common femoral CaDVT (47%, 17%, p< 0.001) and a higher percentage of 25 French drainage cannula CaDVT (48%, 18%, p< 0.001). COVID-19 VV ECMO patients had a significantly higher incidence of persistent CaDVT on repeat ultrasound (78%, 56%, p= 0.03). A logistic regression was performed with all decannulated patients. Age, BMI, hours on ECMO, COVID-19 status, and size and location of ECMO cannulas did not predict the presence of DVT. Conclusion: Both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 VV ECMO patients had high rates of CaDVTs. The utilization of VV ECMO in COVID-19 respiratory failure was associated with a higher incidence of CaDVTs on repeat ultrasound as compared to patients with non-COVID-19 related respiratory failure. Regular post-decannulation screening, treatment, and follow up imaging should be performed. Further investigation into the effect of anticoagulation strategy is needed. (Table Presented).

Event Management ; 26(4):733-745, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1875835


This research, with data collected pre-COVID-19, provides insight into an interesting and rarely studied event, the young adult (YA) literature festival. Survey research conducted at a YA festival, with attendees generally from middle school through university age, provided useful insight into the motivations for visiting the festival, determination of the person making the decision to attend (surprisingly, the YA and rarely his/her parent), and the satisfaction and dissatisfaction factors that affected the attendee's attitude toward the festival. In addition, significance performance analysis (SPA) is introduced as an alternative to the widely used importance performance analysis (IPA) model. © 2022 Cognizant, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Embase; 2022.
Preprint in English | EMBASE | ID: ppcovidwho-336229


Background: We estimated vaccine effectiveness (VE) of mRNA vaccines among US Veterans during periods of Delta and Omicron variant dominance. Patients included in this study were largely 65 years or older (62,834, 55%), male (101,259, 88%), and non-Hispanic white (66,986, 58%). Methods: We used SARS-CoV-2 laboratory test results to conduct a matched test-negative case-control study to estimate VE of three and two doses of mRNA vaccines against infection (regardless of symptoms), and a matched case-control study to estimate VE against COVID-19related hospitalization and death. We estimated VE as (1- odds ratio) x 100%. Severity of disease was measured using hospital length of stay (LOS) and admission to an intensive care unit (ICU). Results: Against infection, booster doses had 7-times higher VE - 59% (95% confidence interval [CI], 57 to 61) - than 2-dose VE (7%;95% CI, 3 to 10) during the Omicron period. For the Delta period, estimated VE against infection was 90% (95% CI, 88 to 92) among boosted vaccinees, 64% higher than VE among 2-dose vaccinees [55% (95% CI, 51 to 58)]. Against hospitalization, booster dose VE was 87% (95% CI, 80 to 91) during Omicron and 95% (95% CI, 91 to 97) during Delta;the 2-dose VE was 44% (95% CI, 26 to 58) during Omicron and 75% (95% CI, 70 to 80) during Delta. Against death, estimated VE with a booster dose was 94% (95% CI, 85 to 98) during Omicron and 96% (95% CI, 88 to 99) during Delta, while the 2-dose VE was 75% (95% CI, 52 to 87) during Omicron and 93% (95% CI, 85 to 97) during Delta. During the Omicron period, average hospital LOS was 4 days shorter [3 days (95%CI, 3 to 4 days)] than during the Delta period. Conclusions: A mRNA vaccine booster is more effective against infection, hospitalization, and death than 2-dose vaccination among an older male population with comorbidities.

Clinical and Experimental Allergy ; 51(12):1690-1691, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1548571