In the News

Studies look at hospital at home, experimental therapy, mortality and readmissions in COVID-19

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.

Stories of the pandemic from ACP Hospitalist and our readers

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.

Heart failure may be missed despite frequent health care contacts before hospitalization

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.

Routine blood cultures at ICU admission may help increase detection of bloodstream infections

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.

Displaying patient photographs in EHR reduced rate of wrong-patient order entry errors

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.

Put words in our mouth

ACP Hospitalist Weekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program, or service.