August 2009


The most basic therapy: food

Nutrition support experts want you to think of food as a drug. Not in the negative sense of addiction, but positively as a therapy that’s critical to helping hospitalized patients get better.

Do you know this surgeon?

With general surgeons in increasingly short supply, more hospitals will have to bring in temporary surgeons to help fill the demand for emergency and routine surgical services.

Treating trauma—not as scary as you think

A unique service makes hospitalists the primary physicians for certain trauma inpatients.

Should you seek a nephrology consultation when caring for patients with renal failure?

When should you seek a nephrology consultation in patients with renal failure?.

From Mayo to McCord: A student's view

A medical student reflects on treating patients in South Africa.

Predicting a bright future for women in hospital medicine

Dana Tiganu, MD, brings a fresh perspective to the field.

Letter from the Editor

Although nutrition is one of the most basic human needs, it’s often overlooked in the hospital. Studies have shown that, on average, enteral feeding meets only 50% of patients’ nutritional requirements, and it’s not uncommon for substantial caloric deficits to accumulate in the first week after hospital admission, experts say.

Are your patients at risk?

Dr. Peraino discusses four common causes of medical mistakes and offers tips on preventing them.

Hooked on mnemonics

Memory is elusive (and of course, it “lights the corners of my mindâ€ï¿½â€”or at least Barbra Streisand’s mind). That’s why there are so many tricks to remembering things, like acronyms, acrostics, rhyming keys, the image-name technique and the keyword method.

Reporting malnutrition

Documenting malnutrition as a secondary diagnosis helps establish the severity of an underlying illness, improves publicly reported data, and can increase reimbursement to the hospital.

Measure of the month: Prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections

In accordance with a law passed by Congress late in 2006, physicians and other eligible professionals are able to receive bonus payments of a percentage (increased to 2%) of their total allowed Medicare charges, subject to a cap, by submitting information for defined quality measures.

Test yourself: Nutrition

The following cases and commentary, which address nutrition, are excerpted from ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP14).

Pacemakers, skin sanitizers recalled

Drug recalls, warnings, approvals.

Journal Watch: Recent studies of note

Recent studies about stratifying bleeding risk in NSTEMI patients, computerized drug reconciliation tools, and other topics.

In the News

Swine flu resources, and more.