WRAL: Dozens of UNC Health workers quit over vaccine mandate

WRAL: Dozens of UNC Health workers quit over vaccine mandate. “Sixty UNC Health employees have resigned rather than get vaccinated against coronavirus, health system officials said Tuesday…. Duke Health officials said 98 percent of employees have either been vaccinated or received a medical or religious exemption, leaving about 350 employees who haven’t yet come into compliance with the mandate. But officials said many of them are new employees or people on leave, who will be given more time.”

Maine Beacon: Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests

Maine Beacon: Few health workers actually quitting over vaccine mandate despite ongoing protests. “Employment data shows that very few Maine health care workers have quit their jobs over the recent statewide COVID vaccine mandate, despite a number of lawsuits and ongoing protests organized by anti-vaccine activists, suggesting that opponents of the mandate represent a vocal minority in Maine.”

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine

Newswise: Majority of older adults say health care workers should have to get COVID-19 vaccine. ” A new poll finds strong support among older Americans for requiring health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In all, 61% of people aged 50 to 80 say the vaccine should definitely be required for all health care workers. An additional 19% say it should probably be required. The remaining 20% said no to such a requirement.”

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

Xinhua: Turkish nurses detained for issuing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. “Turkish police detained three nurses on Tuesday for allegedly providing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to unvaccinated people, local media reported. Acting on a tip-off, police teams apprehended the nurses who work at a private hospital in Bahcelievler district on the European side of Istanbul, said Turkey’s English newspaper Daily Sabah.”

WWYN: Hospital to stop delivering babies as maternity workers resign over vaccine mandate

WWYN: Hospital to stop delivering babies as maternity workers resign over vaccine mandate. “Lewis County General Hospital will stop delivering babies after September 24 because too many maternity unit workers have resigned over COVID vaccination mandates. That’s according to Lewis County Health System Chief Executive Officer Gerald Cayer, who held a news conference Friday in Lowville.”

“I am angry today:” Jeffco’s top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed (Denver Post)

Denver Post: “I am angry today:” Jeffco’s top health official halts mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics after medical staff harassed. “The head of Jefferson County Public Health pulled the agency’s three COVID-19 vaccination vans off the road over Labor Day weekend after nurses and medical staff administering shots to the public were jeered at and harassed by passersby. JCPH Executive Director Dawn Comstock in an interview late Tuesday said that on Saturday, staff manning a mobile vaccine clinic in Gilpin County, which contracts with Jeffco for health services, were yelled at and threatened by passing motorists.”

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave

Texas Tribune: Verbal and physical attacks on health workers surge as emotions boil during latest COVID-19 wave. “The pandemic-related rise in tensions across the U.S. is not unique to the hospital industry. Airlines are reporting an increase in aggressive passengers as flight attendants take self-defense classes. Police are reporting an increase in violent crime and road rage incidents…. But unlike airlines, which can permanently ban passengers, hospitals are more limited in how they can respond or prevent those instances.”

Each COVID-19 surge poses a risk for healthcare workers: PTSD (Reuters)

Reuters: Each COVID-19 surge poses a risk for healthcare workers: PTSD. “Nurse Chris Prott’s knees jump, his heart races, his mouth goes dry and his mind floods with dark memories when he talks about working in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s intensive care unit (ICU) during pandemic surges. Prott shares a struggle common to many of the military veterans for whom he has cared for years: symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

Dispatches from Idaho’s front lines: ‘This patient isn’t leaving the hospital alive’ (Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho Capital Sun: Dispatches from Idaho’s front lines: ‘This patient isn’t leaving the hospital alive’. “A middle-aged man arrived on a stretcher at an Idaho emergency room last month. He’d tested positive for COVID-19 several days before, then took a turn for the worse. He couldn’t breathe. His fever was high enough to cause organ damage. His heart stopped, twice. Paramedics and hospital staff managed to revive him. But he died later that day. His daughter was there. She began ‘wailing,’ a health care worker told the Sun. The child wanted to see her father. The worker left the hospital crying that day.”

NOLA: Generator failure during Hurricane Ida at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients

NOLA: Generator failure during Hurricane Ida at Thibodaux hospital prompts scramble to move ICU patients. “Patients at Thibodaux Regional Health System in Lafourche Parish were bagged by hand, meaning hospital staff manually pushed air in and out of their lungs in place of mechanical ventilation, while they were transported to another floor, according to officials with the Louisiana Department of Health. Other generators in the hospital are still in working order, according to Dr. Joe Kanter, the state’s chief health officer, as workers and patients there continue to ride out the storm. ”

ScienceBlog: Social Media Messages From Health Care Workers Help Reduce Travel-Related Covid-19 Spread

ScienceBlog: Social Media Messages From Health Care Workers Help Reduce Travel-Related Covid-19 Spread. “A randomized evaluation of a nationwide information campaign on Facebook found that short messages from physicians and nurses had a significant impact on reducing holiday travel and decreasing subsequent Covid-19 infection rates. Researchers found that the campaign, which reached almost 30 million Facebook users, was an impactful and cost-effective way to slow the spread of Covid-19 and enact behavior change.”

The lament of covid-19 caregivers in the nation’s safety-net hospitals: ‘What could be next?’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The lament of covid-19 caregivers in the nation’s safety-net hospitals: ‘What could be next?’. “Every now and then, Chiquita Scott’s mind wanders. Sometimes, it happens in the middle of scheduling additional shifts for an already overworked staff during the coronavirus’s fourth wave of sickness and death. Other times, it is on the drive to the hospital, where some veteran respiratory therapists have seen more death these past 18 months than they have experienced in a decade on the job. Scott works at one of the nation’s safety-net hospitals, places with a mission to provide medical care to people regardless of their ability to pay.”