In addition to providing an update on efforts to combat monkeypox, the FDA recently approved an infusion drug for HER2-low breast cancer and generic versions of atropine, electrolytes, and other drugs.
Recent studies offered a new method for using lung ultrasound to assess COVID-19 patients, assessed risk of central venous sinus thrombosis (CVST), and looked at a lab test to help predict venous thromboembolism (VTE) and at the effects of restricting visitors.
The percentage of patients hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who received recommended care increased at a rate of 0.16% per month before implementation of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program compared to 0.01% per month in the four years after.
An analysis of hospitalized patients found that those who used methamphetamine had a 32% increase in cardiovascular disease risk compared to nonusers who also had been hospitalized. Risk increases associated with misuse of alcohol and cocaine were 28% and 47%, respectively.
Temporary licensure of out-of-state practitioners, along with telehealth waivers, may be a valuable, short-term solution to mitigating health care workforce shortages during public health emergencies, researchers said.
The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) released a consensus statement on the management of opioid use disorder in inpatients, including identification and treatment of the condition, pain management in patients with it, and care transitions.
Patients treated in an ED for syncope had a crash rate of 12.2 per 100 driver-years, compared to 13.2 in patients treated in the ED for other conditions and 8.2 in the general population, a retrospective study in Canada found.
Ninety days after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, 51.6% of patients diagnosed in the ED were on oral anticoagulants, compared to 50.9% of those diagnosed in the hospital and 67.9% of those diagnosed as outpatients, a Canadian study found.
In hospitalized patients with pneumonia and oxygen saturations of 95% or greater without supplemental oxygen, outcomes were similar with one to two versus five to eight days of antibiotics, leading the authors of a recent study to suggest use of oxygenation levels to identify candidates for early discontinuation.