December 2017

Illustration by Sarah Ferone

Hospitals fight back against violence

Hospitals and clinicians are increasingly recognizing workplace violence in the hospital as a problem and employing strategies to deal with it, or better yet, stop it before it happens.

Is your antimicrobial stewardship program ready for a survey?

Experts at IDWeek offered some lessons learned during the first year of The Joint Commission's antimicrobial stewardship standard for acute care.

Problems and potential with probiotics

Despite challenges such as FDA regulation of research and uncertainties about potential risks of probiotics, the good bugs are becoming more prevalent in both consumer and health care settings.

Report from Puerto Rico

José Lozada, MD, FACP, ACP Governor for the Puerto Rico chapter, described medical practice after Hurricane Maria.

A video to explain code status

The six-minute video describes and demonstrates patients' code status choices: full code (CPR and intubation if required), do not resuscitate (DNR), and do not resuscitate/do not intubate (DNR/DNI).

A new drug and more on the way for sickle cell disease

In July 2017, the FDA ended a nearly 20-year drought in new therapies for sickle cell when it approved a supplement, and additional treatments are in the pipeline.

New, stronger MRI approved

Details on the latest warnings, recalls, and approvals.

Advance care planning

Medicare began paying for advance care planning services in 2016 to encourage such conversations and compensate clinicians for the time spent having them.

Solutions to hospital violence

This issue also features the latest news on sickle cell disease, conference coverage on infectious diseases, and a Q&A about Hurricane Maria recovery.

Corticosteroids for CAP, weekend effect, and more

Summaries from ACP Hospitalist Weekly.

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Morbid fascination

Obesity is only one of many conditions that could be called morbid.

MKSAP quiz on sickle cell disease

This month's quiz includes questions from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program 17 about sickle cell disease.