January 2020

Illustration by Meredith Boyter Newlove courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A new era of pneumonia management

New guidelines change categorization, testing, and prescribing for pneumonia.

Be aware before biowarfare strikes

An expert offers an overview of anthrax, tularemia, and plague.

Document to defeat malpractice suits

An experienced expert witness offers 10 tips for hospitalists.

A new kind of stewardship

Patients taking antiretroviral therapy are at risk for medication errors during hospitalization and care transitions.

Automatic antibiotic stewardship

One health system added a best practice alert to the electronic health record and notified clinicians when specific criteria suggesting a viral illness were met.

Safe injection site aims to curb overdose deaths

Advocates for a plan in Philadelphia make their case.


The hallmark of schizophrenia is the presence of psychosis, or loss of contact with reality.

New antibiotic, report on drug shortages

Details on the latest alerts, recalls, and approvals.

A harm-reduction approach to hospitalized patients with opioid use disorder

Initiating inpatient treatment is a prime opportunity to elicit insight from patients about their drug use.

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The violent Vorg

Working in a hospital on a space station, you meet all types of patients.

Updated joint guideline means changes for CAP

This issue delves into new recommendations on community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and offers conference coverage from the American Public Health Association, Midwest Hospital Medicine, and CHEST.

Acute kidney injury, racial disparities

Summaries from ACP Hospitalist Weekly.

POCUS cases from Mayo Clinic

A group of cases involving the use of point-of-care ultrasound.

Individual case: Streptococcus agalactiae infective endocarditis

The patient presented with progressive weakness of the extremities that had become so severe he could not walk.

Bonus online case: Pulmonary coccidioidomycosis

The patient had been seen repeatedly for progressive dyspnea and a dry cough.