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After the second pandemic year, clinicians and researchers alike seem determined to wrest control from the coronavirus in 2022 for good: Radiology departments reflect on their experiences from Covid-19 and adapt their routines, from patient and equipment management to imaging and medication strategies. Besides pandemic preparedness, strong hospital cybersecurity and development of smart devices are high on the list of New Year’s resolutions. Enjoy browsing!

Article • Pandemic management

Lessons learned from Covid-19 by a large hospital radiology department

When the coronavirus first struck in the US, hospitals in New York City were the first to feel the impact. Radiologists Professor Judy Yee, M.D., and Mark C. Liszewski, M.D., describe the lessons learned and talk about their firsthand experiences.

Article • Assessing infection severity

CT score predicts Covid-19 death risk

Radiologists in Paris have developed a standardised simple visual lung damage CT severity score for Covid-19 patients who do not have symptoms of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) at the time of initial treatment.

Article • A potentially devastating impact

Covid-19 alters antibiotic use

The long-term impact of the coronavirus pandemic on antimicrobial resistance remains difficult to predict. Infectious diseases consultant Professor Alison Holmes reflects on Covid-19's effect on antibiotic use in hospitals and beyond.

Article • Mending medication mismanagement

Antibiotic resistance: Gaining back lost ground

For many years, antibiotic consumption in France was at an alarming level, resulting in a worryingly constant increase in antibiotic resistance However, a newly-enforced strict national plan appears to be having effect.

Article • Remote patient monitoring

Wearables must demonstrate efficacy in respiratory care

Wearables are a trend in respiratory care and many products are being developed to monitor patients remotely. But how much can these tools really help clinicians? An Italian expert discussed current solutions and challenges to their development.

Article • Underestimated risk

Cybersecurity threat to remote monitoring devices

Remote monitoring devices and pacemakers supporting patients with conditions such as heart failure could be vulnerable to cyberattack, according to a leading cardiology expert.

Article • Cardiology helpers

A new era for robotic cardiac interventions

Interventional cardiology is entering a new era with the wider introduction of robotic procedures which bring significant benefits to the medical team and the patient. Two experts outlined the benefits at the ESC 2021 Digital Summit.

News • Monitoring after surgery

Smart sutures to monitor deep surgical wounds

To detect wound complications as soon as they happen, a team of researchers has invented a smart suture that is battery-free and can wirelessly sense and transmit information from deep surgical sites.

News • Coronavirus research

Why Omicron may be more evasive, but less severe

The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 may be significantly better at evading vaccine-induced antibodies – but preliminary evidence suggests it is less likely to cause severe illness in the lungs.

 

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