June 2008

Patients cant control when they have a stroke but it might make a difference in their outcomes

Eliminating disparities in stroke outcomes

Recent studies have found that stroke patients admitted to the hospital at night and on the weekends are more likely to die than those admitted on weekdays. Why does mortality vary at different times of the day and week, and how can hospitals change their procedures to help minimize this difference?.

Hyperglycemia in Hospitalized Patients

The inpatient setting provides an opportunity to identify individuals with previously undiagnosed diabetes, optimize therapy in those whose condition was previously poorly controlled, provide patient education, and implement a plan for postdischarge diabetes care in conjunction with the primary physician and other health care providers. The objective of this supplement is to address the opportunities and challenges of hyperglycemia in the hospital setting. This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc., Princeton, New Jersey.

Letter from the Editor

With stroke, there’s a common saying that time lost is brain lost.

In the News

CDC reports sharp rise in kidney disease hospitalizations.

Coding corner

Coding corner Billing for routine perioperative care by hospitalists may require modifiers.

Costs at any price?

Comparison tools may be flawed but consumer demand keeps growing.

Stopping clots in their tracks

An expert gives tips on when and how to use prophylaxis.

Examining clinical questions in acute coronary syndromes

Recent research could change standard practice.

Find chemistry with your Yoda

Mentoring experts offer advice for making the right match.

It's all about the chest compressions

New CPR advice downplays ventilation.

Comanagement commandments

Keep consultation relationships well-defined to avoid problems down the road.

New test detects MRSA within 24 hours

New test detects MRSA within 24 hours.

When a treatment is worse than the disease

When a treatment is worse than the disease.

Journal watch: Recent studies of note

Recent studies about heart failure after noncardiac surgery, in-hospital PCI, and other topics.