Skilled nursing facilities and home health care can help patients continue recovering after discharge, but hospitalists, patients, and caregivers must understand their limitations.
A nonrandomized trial conducted at two academic medical centers in 2020 encouraged awake inpatients with COVID-19 to position themselves on their stomachs and did not find any associated improvement in risk of worsening hypoxemia.
Chest X-rays and EKGs of low-risk patients before low- or intermediate-risk surgery were followed by high rates of repeat tests, follow-up imaging, and follow-up visits, according to a retrospective analysis of Veterans Health Administration data.
Patients receiving outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) after hospitalization for bacterial infection had 90-day adverse event rates of 35.6% compared to 39.0% in those who stayed in the hospital for parenteral antimicrobial therapy, a retrospective Canadian study found.
Heart failure hospitalizations among adults ages 18 to 45 years increased from 2013 to 2018. More than half of patients were Black, and 45.8% lived in ZIP codes in the lowest quartile of national household income, a study found.