NCMS Morning Rounds 11-8-21

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November 8, 2021

In Memoriam: John Laurence Reynolds, MD

We are deeply saddened to report that NCMS Past President John Reynolds, MD, passed away November 2, 2021. He was 67 years old.

Dr. Reynolds received his undergraduate degree from Temple University and his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara where he met his wife, Solia. He completed a surgical residency at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Pennsylvania and his anesthesiology residency at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Reynolds spent most of his career as an Anesthesiologist in Shelby, NC. He was one of the founding partners of Shelby Anesthesia Associates in 1986 and served as clinical director of the Ambulatory Surgical Center and staff anesthesiologist at CMS — Cleveland Regional Hospital — now known as Atrium Health – Cleveland.

Dr. Reynolds had a long history of involvement with the NCMS, and as his family shared in his obituary, aside from his children, his most treasured accomplishment was serving as president of the North Carolina Medical Society (2017-2018). Up until his cancer diagnosis, Dr. Reynolds continued to help shape health care policy in the State legislature.

Dr. Reynolds is survived by his wife, Solia, his four children, five grandchildren, and his brother.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Reynolds’ family and friends.

Read the full obituary from The Star here.

Message from the North Carolina Healthcare Association: Volunteer Opportunity

From the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA):  WRAL News and the NCHA are hosting a third Vaccine Hotline on Tuesday, November 9, 4:00pm – 7:30pm. This virtual phone bank is focused on parents with questions about their children receiving the vaccine, though it’s likely we’ll get questions about all ages, and we would be grateful if you’d be willing to lend your time and expertise to the event.

With this remote set up, you can participate from anywhere, using either a computer or your cell phone (more specifics on that below). Calls from people with questions about the vaccine will be routed to you (without your phone number or email address visible), and you’ll be able to answer questions and offer guidance for vaccine-hesitant locals.

Telzio is the phone system we are using to conduct the hotline. Once you’ve committed to participating, you will receive an email directly from Telzio inviting you to set up your user profile for the hotline. If took part in the first hotline and already have an account, you can use the same information to sign in. If you need a link re-sent to you, just let me know.

You will be able to use the website or mobile app version of Telzio (for the web version, you need to have speaker/microphone access on your computer and be on Google Chrome). No matter what you use, the communication will just be audio; the caller will not be able to see you, nor you them.

If you want to look at the system further, you can view the user guide for the Telzio Mobile app, as well as the Webphone.

WRAL will promote the event over the coming days and provide coverage of the hotline throughout newscasts on Tuesday, between 4:00 and 7:30pm.

We would love for you to be able to join us for the entire three and a half hours, but if you’re only able to participate for part of the time, we ask that you commit to either 4:00-6:00pm or 6:00-7:30pm.

Once you have signed up, you’ll receive another email with more specifics and guidance. If you have any questions, please reach out to NCHA, or Ashley Talley with WRAL at atalley@wral.com or 910.515.5039 (cell) via phone or text.

The link to register for a time slot can be found here. Sign up for this event will close at 12:00pm on November 9th.

FDA Issues Medical Glove Warning

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is recommending that health care facilities do not purchase or use imported medical gloves from certain companies listed on a recent FDA import alert due to “a potential risk to health care professionals, patients, and users.” FDA’s website includes a database to identify FDA-cleared medical gloves. To report problems with medical gloves, email the FDA.

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard Expansion

North Carolina has been nationally recognized for the quality and transparency of its vaccine data dashboard.  NCDHHS has expanded the vaccine data dashboard to provide more statewide demographic data for COVID-19 vaccinations. Users will be able to see vaccination rates by race for age groups and ethnicity for age group. The information will be displayed on a new tab named “Additional NC Demographic Data.” Data comes from North Carolina’s COVID-19 Vaccine Management System and does not currently include information on doses administered by providers not reporting to the state.

In the News

Experimental Pfizer Pill Prevents Covid Hospitalizations and Deaths, STAT, 11-4-21

Learning Opportunity

Pfizer Vaccines US Medical Affairs continues to host daily Medical Updates & Immunization Site Training for All Providers with a Focus on Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children 5 through 11 Years of Age.

In addition to Medical Updates, sessions will focus on the Storage, Handling, and Administration of currently available vaccine presentations.

These sessions will be updated to reflect new information and changes that evolve. Such updates will be identified at the start of each session and further explained during each presentation.

Please click on the links below to join the sessions at the designated times.*

 Date & Time Password
Attendee link – November 8 – 5 PM ET BtJSxJqw942
Attendee link – November 9 – 5 PM ET aRDjkmMD349
Attendee link – November 10 – 12 PM ET QPfX8RMy8M7
Attendee link – November 11 – 12 PM ET Tntjh4UMr55
Attendee link – November 12 – 12 PM ET mfP2vm8HhD5
   
Attendee link – November 15 – 5 PM ET SUeJ7teYc45
Attendee link – November 16 – 5 PM ET ZMjtfDdn438
Attendee link – November 17 – 12 PM ET YYkSGJGT848
Attendee link – November 18 – 12 PM ET 8ZGbRrha2f8
Attendee link – November 19 – 12 PM ET PzpX4ZPnT63
   
Attendee link – November 22 – 5 PM ET YKwPs6P85cH
Attendee link – November 23 – 5 PM ET S4wspGuhN33
Attendee link – November 24 – 12 PM ET iWpzpvHh667

Before administration of the vaccine, please see full Prescribing Information (16+ years of age) and EUA Fact Sheets for Vaccination Providers: 12+ years of age (DILUTE BEFORE USE/Purple cap), 12+ years of age (DO NOT DILUTE/Gray cap) and 5 through 11 years of age (DILUTE PRIOR TO USE/Orange cap).

 

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