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…

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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

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Aerosol transmission of CRAB possible from ventilated patients

February 26, 2019
Researchers detected carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, or CRAB, in the air adjacent to ventilated patients with CRAB respiratory…

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HF tied to worse outcomes in patients hospitalized with influenza

February 26, 2019
Among adults hospitalized with influenza, those with HF had increased risk for in-hospital mortality and complications, according to findings…

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Sepsis present in more than half of hospital deaths

February 22, 2019
In United States hospitals, sepsis was a leading cause of death; however, most deaths were not preventable through better hospital care, according to…

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Hospital-wide intervention may improve care, outcomes for patients with AKI

February 22, 2019
When introduced to hospitals in the United Kingdom, a multifaceted intervention designed to reduce avoidable harm associated with acute kidney injury…

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High-dose flu vaccine more effective than standard vaccines in older adults

February 22, 2019
Compared with standard-dose influenza vaccines, the high-dose vaccine is more effective in preventing influenza- or pneumonia-associated…

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Limiting blood culture use did not reduce antibiotic use

February 21, 2019
Research published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology suggests that using an intervention that decreases blood culture use for patients…

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Data mining EHRs can rapidly identify hospital outbreaks

February 20, 2019
Data mining of an electronic health record, or EHR, accurately identified transmission routes among patients involved in hospital disease outbreaks…

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Palivizumab not effective treatment for RSV bronchiolitis

February 18, 2019
IV palivizumab, a monoclonal antibody to respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, did not appear to help or harm infants with RSV-positive bronchiolitis…

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Early follow-up associated with lower risk for readmission in OPAT patients

February 16, 2019
Among patients receiving outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, or OPAT, follow-up with an infectious disease physician within 2 weeks was…

Flu vaccine 47% effective in US, early estimates show

February 14, 2019
The influenza vaccine has been 47% effective overall this season in the United States, including 46% effective against the predominant circulating…

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Malnutrition increases hospital mortality risk

February 6, 2019
One in three patients hospitalized in the U.S. is at risk for malnutrition, and diminished meal intake also increases mortality risk, according to…

Meeting News

Spike in infective endocarditis-related stroke coincides with opioid abuse rise

February 6, 2019
A sharp increase in U.S. hospitalization rates for stroke from opioid-related infective endocarditis since 2008 has coincided with the rise of the…

Guideline urges physicians to stop prescribing antibiotics, codeine for tonsillectomies

February 6, 2019
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has made strong recommendations against the use of codeine and…

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Hand hygiene compliance ‘remarkably low’ among EMS providers

February 5, 2019
Study findings showed that hand hygiene compliance among EMS providers is “remarkably low,” with an “over-reliance” on gloves…

Commentary

Commentary: Who ‘owns’ the psychiatric patient in the ED?

February 4, 2019
Who “owns” the psychiatric patient in the ED? Is it the ED physicians or psychiatry/behavioral health? How does ownership change after…

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Decision aid does not alter surrogate choices for patients with mechanical ventilation

February 1, 2019
A personalized web-based decision aid for surrogates of patients receiving prolonged mechanical ventilation did not improve prognostic concordance…

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Antibiotics linked to longer hospital stay for asthma

January 28, 2019
Patients hospitalized for asthma who received antibiotic therapy had a significantly longer hospital length of stay and higher hospital costs…

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Influenza an important risk factor for aspergillosis coinfection

January 25, 2019
Patients with influenza who received steroids after ICU admission, have a white blood count greater than 10 x 109/L on ICU admission, and have…