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April 3, 2020

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  • Protecting Frontline Health Workers with Medical Scales that Support Social Distancing
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  • PTS Diagnostics, MedPro enter partnership to expand CardioChek, A1CNow product lines
  • Hospital and IDN News

  • Allegheny Health Network launches own COVID-19 test kit
  • GPO News

  • Premier lays out crucial strategies to get supplies, enable care delivery during COVID-19
  • News of the Weird

  • Why are dreams so vivid right now?
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    Protecting Frontline Health Workers with Medical Scales that Support Social Distancing
    seca – Precision for health (Hamburg, Germany) Combats COVID-19 by encouraging healthcare providers to keep a safe distance when weighing and measuring patients. seca medical scales and measuring systems play a crucial role at patient intake where social distancing, or simply a rapid, high-volume efficient workflow is needed. Our Solution—seca 286 EMR Validated Ultrasonic Measuring Station • Independent-use scale • Touch-less height measurement • Voice guidance • Results verbally communicated aloud so measurement can be recorded from a distance • Nursing staff can maintain the recommended 6 feet of distance from the patient • Glass platform makes it easy to disinfect • Eliminate transcription errors and miscalculations with EMR-validated connectivity

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    Manufacturer News
    PTS Diagnostics, MedPro enter partnership to expand CardioChek, A1CNow product lines
    PTS Diagnostics (Whitestown, IN), a manufacturer of point-of-care medical testing devices, is partnering with MedPro Healthcare Sales Solutions (Fort Wayne, IN), a healthcare contract sales organization, to add positions to the existing PTS Diagnostics sales force. The partnership is responsible for expanding the footprint of the CardioChek and A1CNow product lines. PTS Diagnostics’ solutions are the first and only point-of-care lipid, glucose and HbA1c tests sold by MedPro representatives. The most recent partnership announcement comes on the heels of PTS Diagnostics’ recent A1CNow+ Controls product launch and it precedes future 2020 product announcements.
     
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    Hospital and IDN News
    Allegheny Health Network launches own COVID-19 test kit
     Allegheny Health Network (AHN) (Pittsburgh, PA) is making thousands of its own COVID-19 test kits in the face of a national shortage. About 15 AHN employees volunteered to assemble specimen collection kits, for use at AHN hospitals and its drive-up COVID-19 collection sites around Western Pennsylvania. Typically, COVID-19 specimen kits come fully assembled from a vendor. The kits that AHN uses include two biohazard bags, labels, a naso-pharyngeal swab, an instruction sheet and a tube containing viral transport media, so the collected sample can be tested later.
     
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    GPO News
    Premier lays out crucial strategies to get supplies, enable care delivery during COVID-19
     Premier Inc. (Charlotte, NC) is aligning stakeholders around seven strategies to manage shortages and enable improvements in the supply chain. They include: 
    1. Accelerate access to products in shortage by creating an expedited contracting process within Premier’s GPO. 
    2. Ramp up manufacturing. 
    3. Align supply chain stakeholders – GPOs, distributors, manufacturers and the federal government – to boost production and allocate the stock by greatest need. 
    4. Learn how much supply providers have and help them conserve it. 
    5. Track drugs that are at risk of shortage and proactively protect them. 
    6. Impact careful purchasing habits that counteract panic-buying and protect providers from counterfeit supplies. 
    7. Enable the industry, providers and clinicians with real-time, actionable information.
     
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    News of the Weird
    Why are dreams so vivid right now?
    The coronavirus pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of our waking lives. And our nights are changing too as sleep can be fitful and for many, unusually memorable. Some pandemic dreams dramatize the feeling that we are being held hostage by a mysterious predator. Katy Fallon, a journalist in Athens, Greece, dreamed the other night that she and her brother were trapped in their late grandmother’s house. “There is ‘bad stuff’ happening outside but it isn’t explained why we cannot leave,” she said. Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School and the author of The Committee of Sleep suggests that the spike in dream recall is a side effect of the slower-paced lifestyle some non-essential workers are now leading. “Changing one’s routine dramatically often leads to more dream recall,” she says. Especially when the new routine involves more sleep.
     
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