New articles in the GANM Library - Aspects of COVID-19

Feb 16, 2021

Dear GANM community, 


In this week’s edition of the GANM Library Research Brief we would like to focus our attention on the topics of pediatrics health and various aspects of COVID-19.



Pelletier, J. H., Rakkar, J., Au, A. K., & Horvat CM. (2021) Trends in US pediatric hospital admissions in 2020 compared with the decade before the COVID-19 pandemic. JAMA Network Open; 4(2):e2037227. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.37227


In this article published in JAMA researchers asked the question of how pediatric hospital admissions have changed when comparing the year of 2020 to the previous decade? This cross-sectional study included 5,424,688 admissions across 49 hospitals. Results showed a maximum 45.4% reduction in admissions in 2020 which led to a 27.7% reduction in hospital charges. These data support the claim that many health conditions are going undiagnosed due to the pandemic.



Michos, E. D. & Cainzos-Achirica, M. (2021). Supplements for the treatment of mild COVID-19: Challenging health beliefs with science from A to Z. JAMA Network Open; 4(2):e210431. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.0431


In this commentary by two physician researchers the topic of COVID-19 and the use of supplements as a form of treatment is discussed. The researchers mentioned a randomized controlled trial looking at the efficacy of high-dose zinc gluconate, ascorbic acid, and a combination. While the study was stopped at the interim the authors believe there are many limitations such as a restriction to just outpatients, no blinding in the study, and outcomes being reported by participants. Additionally, the authors urge people to ask a professional about supplements as they do not always have a benign effect. 



Lahite-Savón, Y., Céspedes-Pereña, V. & Maslen-Bonnane, M. (2020). El desempeño del personal de Enfermería durante la pandemia de la COVID-19. Revista Informacion Cientifica. ISSN: 1028-9933.


El articulo de esta semana se enfoca en los cuidados de enfermería durante el cuidado de los pacientes con el virus del COVID-19. Los resultados fueron investigados por la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas Guantánamo durante los primeros seis meses del 2020 a raíz del desempeño del personal de enfermería durante la pandemia. Gracias a estas investigaciones, el articulo propone unas reglas sanitarias para disminuir el riesgo de contagio y evitar la infección entre los pacientes con COVID-19 y el equipo de enfermería.  

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