Microbiologic and clinical recovery occurred in 70.6% of hospitalized patients randomized to an investigational beta-lactam and beta-lactamase inhibitor combination for urinary tract infection compared to 58% of patients given meropenem, an industry-funded trial found.
Among 193 respondents from seven U.S. health care systems, 26.9% of hospital clinicians said they used antibiograms more than once a month and 16.1% did not know that their facility had an antibiogram available.
A fixed-dose regimen of four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate was associated with lower mortality and fewer thromboembolic events compared with a variable-dose regimen, the systematic review and meta-analysis of anticoagulant reversal found.
Almost 10% of patients with acute heart failure tested positive for drug use, a French study found, while an analysis of U.S. patients who injected drugs and underwent surgery for infective endocarditis found that 79% had relapsed and 68% had died by five years.
An intermediate care unit with a maximum census of six created over 1,000 available ICU bed-days over 12 months.
Physicians used the optional tool embedded in their order set on only 24% of general medical patients, but the rate of appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis nonetheless increased from 43.1% to 48.8%.
Similar rates of tobacco use were seen between inpatients with behavioral health conditions and controls postdischarge. However, after six months, patients with a behavioral health condition were less likely to report abstinence.
Of all the patients who received CPR for in-hospital cardiac arrest, 67% had a return of spontaneous circulation, which occurred at a median of seven minutes following the start of chest compressions, a retrospective study found.
Mostly disappointing results on transfers for thrombectomy, delayed use of thrombolysis plus thrombectomy or tenecteplase, and anticoagulation for secondary prevention after cryptogenic stroke were reported at the International Stroke Conference.
More Americans are taking cannabis, complicating inpatient care. Understanding patients' use patterns and history is key to mitigating risks during a hospital stay.