In the Journals

Cannabis-related ED visits increase 3-fold after legalization in Colorado

March 25, 2019
Cannabis-related ED visits were most often linked to inhaled cannabis, but edible cannabis was associated with acute psychiatric visits and ED visits…

Meeting News

Hospitalists must have deliberate plan to successfully recover from emergency disasters

March 25, 2019
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In order to successfully recover after disaster, whether it be natural or manmade, hospitalists should create a specific…

Meeting News

Common hospital discharge barriers to recognize

March 25, 2019
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Hospitalists should be aware of several common barriers to discharge, such as overtreating hypertension, according to a…

Meeting News

Hospitalists must lead positive change, affordability of health care

March 25, 2019
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Every hospitalist must be able to lead change in a positive manner because the industry of hospital medicine is at an…

Meeting News

Society of Hospital Medicine’s president-elect emphasizes diversity, change

March 25, 2019
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — In his opening address, incoming President Christopher Frost, MD, SFHM, stressed the importance of adapting to changes…

In the Journals

Updated guidance on asymptomatic bacteriuria adds patients who should not be tested

March 22, 2019
The Infectious Diseases Society of America has issued updated clinical practice guidelines for the management of asymptomatic bacteriuria, or ASB…

Meeting News

Flu shot in hospital protects against heart attack

March 21, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Adults vaccinated for influenza during hospitalization demonstrated a 10% lower risk for myocardial infarction, according to…

In the Journals

Rapid testing reduces vancomycin, linezolid use for suspected MRSA pneumonia

March 16, 2019
Vancomycin and linezolid use among ventilated patients with suspected MRSA pneumonia can be significantly reduced by using a highly sensitive rapid…

FDA NewsPerspective

FDA grants marketing authorization to carbon monoxide poisoning treatment

March 15, 2019
The FDA recently granted marketing authorization to Thornhill Research’s ClearMate device that assists in treating patients with carbon…

In the Journals

IV acetaminophen use raises costs in pediatric hospitals

March 15, 2019
The costs for total acetaminophen use in hospitalized children rose significantly since the introduction of IV acetaminophen, according to study…

Perspective

Oregon boy’s case shows how ‘horrific’ tetanus can be

March 13, 2019
A recent MMWR highlighted the care needed for a young, unvaccinated boy infected with tetanus. His inpatient care spanned 57 days, 47 of which were…

In the JournalsPerspective

Antibiotics, PPIs increase risk for CDI in hospitalized children

March 13, 2019
Prior antibiotic exposure and protein pump inhibitor use were both risk factors for the development of Clostridioides difficile infection, or CDI…

In the Journals

Medicare payments lower, readmission higher for patients discharged to home vs. skilled nursing facility

March 11, 2019
Although patients who were discharged from the hospital to home were 5.6% more likely to be readmitted within 30 days than those discharged to a…

In the Journals

Best practice alert increases guideline-based prescribing for CDI

March 5, 2019
A best practice intervention linking a positive test result for Clostridoides difficile infection, or CDI, to a severity-based treatment order set…

In the Journals

Hospital-based stewardship does not reduce fluoroquinolone prescribing at discharge

March 4, 2019
Hospital-based antibiotic stewardship programs are associated with a reduction in fluoroquinolone prescribing while patients are hospitalized, but…

In the Journals

Ending contact precautions does not affect CLABSI rate in children

March 4, 2019
The discontinuation of contact precautions aimed at reducing MRSA and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus in a children’s hospital did not change…

Antibiotic exposure in very low-birth-weight infants associated with mortality, major morbidity

March 1, 2019
A recent study found that prolonged empirical antibiotic exposure could potentially cause harm when used within the first week after birth in very…

Meeting News

PRODIGY score identifies opioid-induced respiratory depression risk

February 28, 2019
A novel risk prediction tool, known as the PRODIGY score, accurately identified patients at high risk for opioid-induced respiratory compromise…

In the JournalsPerspective

Patients with sickle cell disease may have lower risk for C. difficile

February 27, 2019
Findings from a retrospective cohort study conducted at a single hospital suggest that patients with sickle cell disease have a lower — and not…

In the Journals

Low-value procedures often harm patients

February 26, 2019
Use of low-value procedures was associated with more hospital-acquired complications, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine