February 2015

Illustration by Sarah Ferone

When the census soars

Creative scheduling and on-call systems prevent surges from spiraling out of control.

Obesity and malnutrition are not mutually exclusive

Evidence suggests malnutrition counteracts ‘obesity paradox’.

Getting rid of unnecessary alarms

Multidisciplinary effort can help reduce alarm fatigue.

Cardiopulmonary stress testing

What the hospitalist needs to know.

You can keep your pants on

Most patients would like to wear pants during hospital stay.

Physician certification of inpatient medical necessity

What's required in content, timing, and format.

Newman's handy-dandy recommendation letter

A tongue-in-cheek template for handling recommendation requests.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes articles on managing the census, watching for malnutrition in obese patients, and combating alarm fatigue.

MKSAP quiz on nutrition

Patient cases involving burns, nutrition, diarrhea after small-bowel resection, and more.

Warnings about long-term dual antiplatelet therapy, gram-negative tests

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals.

Recent Research

Nonprofit versus for-profit hospitals, corticosteroids in septic shock, pretreatment with P2Y12 inhibitors, and more.

In the News

Malpractice claims, fenoldopam after cardiac surgery in acute kidney injury, beta-lactams and community-acquired pneumonia, and more.

Cardiopulmonary stress testing

What the hospitalist needs to know.