FOAMcast - An Emergency Medicine Podcast

For years studies have questioned whether pulse oximeters perform as well in non-White patients as in White patients. This is particularly important now as disposition decisions in patients with COVID-19 are often made based on pulse oximetry readings.

We discussed an article by Sjoding et al in NEJM 

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Lauren Westafer and Jeremy Faust

Direct download: Pulse_ox_Race.mp3
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Despite multiple Phase II/III vaccine trials of >30,000 participants, pregnant patients or those who are lactating have been largely excluded. In this podcast, we cover what we know (and what we don't know thus far).

The Pfizer BNT162b2 trial data submitted for FDA Emergency Use Authorization does include information on a minuscule number of patients who were immunized and became pregnant.

The Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine has released statements on vaccines in SARS-CoV-2.

In the United Kingdom, Public Health England has released guidance for their population on vaccination in pregnancy and breastfeeding which are rooted in the lack of data.


Thanks for listening!
Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: vaccine_pregnancy_and_breastfeeding.mp3
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