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Postdischarge COVID-19 studies find benefits of home oxygen, risks of PTSD, medical complications

Recent studies focused on patients' status after hospitalization for COVID-19, one finding that outcomes with home oxygen were good, but others noting that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), readmissions, and new diagnoses of medical conditions were common.

Navigation service reduced readmissions of patients with substance use disorder

A single-center trial found benefits from providing recently hospitalized patients with proactive case management, advocacy, service linkage, and motivational support to address substance use disorder, medical, and basic needs for three months after discharge.

Catheter-directed thrombolysis may improve certain PE outcomes

A study in Taiwan found lower all-cause mortality and recurrence risk in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) who were treated with catheter-directed versus systemic thrombolysis.

Advice from ACP supports short courses of antibiotics for several common infections

Because at least 30% of antibiotic use is considered unnecessary, best practices were issued on treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation and uncomplicated bronchitis, community-acquired pneumonia, uncomplicated urinary tract infection, and cellulitis.

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