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New research looks at drug safety in COVID-19, quarantine length in asymptomatic contacts

Use of immunosuppressive drugs and renin-angiotensin system inhibitors does not appear to adversely affect outcomes in patients with COVID-19, and a seven-day quarantine may be sufficient in asymptomatic contacts with confirmed COVID-19 exposure.

Anaphylaxis appears rare with COVID-19 vaccine, alternative dosing strategies considered

The CDC's monitoring system found low rates of anaphylaxis after a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, peer-reviewed data were published on the Moderna vaccine, and single-dose vaccine strategies were considered.

Laws promoting flu vaccination in hospital workers associated with improved mortality rates

From 1995 to 2017, 13 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws on flu vaccine in hospital workers, most requiring hospitals to provide vaccination onsite for employees and some mandating vaccination or face masks for unvaccinated workers.

Pulmonary embolism detected in about 6% of patients with COPD hospitalized with acute respiratory symptoms

In a study of 740 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalized with acutely worsening respiratory symptoms at seven French hospitals, 5.9% had pulmonary embolism detected within 48 hours of admission using the revised Geneva score.

Decision pathway provides checklist of factors to consider before same-day discharge after nonurgent PCI

The American College of Cardiology's expert consensus decision pathway includes a checklist of clinical, social, and facility/systems factors to consider before and after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) to help clinicians make informed decisions around same-day discharge.

January issue highlights inequities in renal care

The latest issue of ACP Hospitalist is online and in the mail, with coverage of race in estimated glomerular filtration rate, dialysis access for undocumented patients, and more.

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.