In the Journals

Most pneumonia patients prescribed unnecessary, potentially harmful antibiotics

July 10, 2019
Two thirds of hospitalized pneumonia patients receive longer durations of antibiotic therapy than necessary, which may increase their risk for…

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Teddy bear robot improves mood of hospitalized children

July 9, 2019
A social robot teddy bear, known as Huggable, has been shown to improve the mood of a group of hospitalized children, according to research published…

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Interventions for patients with pneumonia may be ineffective, lead to gastrointestinal bleeding

July 8, 2019
A variety of interventions that were deemed effective based on clinical trials were not useful for treating patients hospitalized with pneumonia and…

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Risk model may predict likelihood of recovery of kidney function or death after AKI

July 1, 2019
A risk model accurately categorized patients with an inpatient episode of acute kidney injury into clinically distinct groups according to likelihood…

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Payments to nonphysicians may increase use of pricier drugs for chronic diseases

June 27, 2019
Nonphysician health care providers, such as nurses and pharmacists, receive significant payments from the pharmaceutical industry that may result in…

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Hospital readmissions underreported, higher for Medicare Advantage vs. traditional Medicare

June 24, 2019
Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had higher 30-day readmission rates than traditional Medicare beneficiaries, and these admissions may be…

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Earlier planning needed to improve end of life outcomes

June 20, 2019
Among patients with cancer referred to hospice, advanced care planning documented in electronic health records was tied to significantly fewer…

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Number of industry payments to hospital lab directors suggests potential conflicts of interest

June 19, 2019
A significant number of cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory directors have notable financial relationships within the biomedical…

Meeting News

PICU terminal cleaning fails to decontaminate air ducts, floors

June 19, 2019
Research presented at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, or APIC, suggests that…

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Risk for continued opioid use doubles when first administered during hospital stay

June 17, 2019
Patients who were administered opioids for the first time during a hospital stay had nearly double the risk for continued use after discharge…

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Echocardiography use for acute myocardial infarction tied to higher costs, longer hospital stays, no clinical benefits

June 17, 2019
Higher rates of echocardiography use for patients with acute myocardial infarction were not associated with better outcomes and were tied to longer…

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Sodium polystyrene sulfonate use tied to increased risk for adverse GI events

June 11, 2019
Sodium polystyrene sulfonate, a common treatment for hyperkalemia, was associated with an increased risk for serious adverse gastrointestinal events…

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Guide aims to reduce sedative-hypnotic drug initiation for noncritically ill patients

June 7, 2019
A guide published in JAMA Internal Medicine provides strategies to promote sleep and reduce sedative-hypnotic medication initiation for…

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Medicare copays tied to early discharge in skilled nursing facilities

June 4, 2019
With copayments starting on day 21, researchers found that Medicare beneficiaries were more commonly discharged on day 20 than on days 19 or 21, with…

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Patients with advanced CKD given peripherally inserted central catheters despite recommendations

June 3, 2019
Hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease often received peripherally inserted central catheters, or PICCs, despite clinical guidelines that…

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Multifacility prevention initiative reduces monthly CDI rates by 4%

June 3, 2019
A multifacility collaborative initiative implemented among acute-care hospitals in Orange County, California, resulted in a statistically significant…

In the JournalsPerspective

Few ID physicians screen patients for asymptomatic C. difficile

May 30, 2019
Infectious disease physicians in the United States do not commonly screen patients for asymptomatic carriage of Clostridioides difficile, according…

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EHR-based 72-hour time-out reduces antibiotic therapy duration

May 28, 2019
An electronic health record-based antimicrobial time-out that prompted prescribers after 72 hours “to review antimicrobials with an empiric…

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Different-day endoscopic procedures more common in physician offices

May 24, 2019
The rate of different-day elective upper and lower endoscopic procedures was 3.5 times higher in physician’s offices than in hospital…

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Frailty screening after surgery may decrease complications, readmissions

May 24, 2019
Screening for frailty may decrease unplanned readmissions and complications after elective outpatient surgery, according to a study published in…