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COVID-19 research focuses on nosocomial transmission, risk stratification, vaccines

Recent studies showed that the risk of catching SARS-CoV-2 in a hospital is low for patients and varies by job and preventive measures for health care workers. A model and a serology study identified patients with worse outcomes from COVID-19. Vaccine studies were positive, but concerns arose about safety.

IDSA releases guidance on antibiotic selection for gram-negative antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections

New treatment guidance from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) focused on extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacterales, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacterales, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa with difficult-to-treat resistance.

Suctioning frequency, high-flow oxygen can determine when to decannulate tracheostomy

A randomized trial in Spanish ICUs found that patients whose readiness for decannulation was determined by frequency of suctioning instead of a 24-hour capping trial had less time to decannulation and shorter length of stay.

Low-performing hospitals can improve quality for in-hospital cardiac arrest over time

A study found that while percentile rankings for risk-standardized survival rates remained generally consistent during follow-up periods at 45.2% of 166 study hospitals, 21.4% of bottom-performing hospitals exhibited substantial improvements on this quality metric.

COVID-19 spurs hospital tech, highlights inequalities

The September issue of ACP Hospitalist covers multiple aspects of the pandemic, including resulting advances in hospital tech and disparate impacts on Americans by race, ethnicity, and economic status.

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