A virtual hospital and a trial of inhaled interferon-beta both reported success, studies compared COVID-19 and other critically ill patients, and mortality and readmission risks were quantified in recent pandemic research.
The special pandemic-focused November ACP Hospitalist is now online and in the mail, with in-depth reporting from COVID-19 hotspots and essays and poems crafted by our readers.
A Canadian cohort study found that patients with acute heart failure had more outpatient physician visits, hospitalizations for unrelated conditions, and ED visits before index hospitalization than those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or stable heart failure.
A before-after study in the Netherlands found that obtaining a single set of blood cultures at ICU admission in all patients increased detection of bloodstream infections as well as the proportion of patients with contaminated blood cultures without increasing vancomycin use.
As part of a quality improvement project at one Boston hospital, ED staff encouraged patients to have their photographs taken by informing them that the project was intended to improve safety.