October 12, 2022
Making sense of monkeypox
Two experts offered advice to hospitalists on their role in dealing with this latest infectious disease outbreak.
BiPAP masks recalled for magnetic interference
The FDA reported safety concerns with masks for some bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines and approved the first generic version of a popular diabetes drug, among other recent actions.
Inpatient diagnoses of cellulitis by generalists frequently incorrect, review finds
Dermatology or infectious diseases specialists reversed more than a third of generalist physicians' diagnoses of cellulitis in the hospital, with statis dermatitis being the most common alternative diagnosis.
Keeping first-year residents with same medicine nurses improved teamwork
When residents spent all 16 weeks of their general medicine inpatient time on one medical nursing floor, their teams were more likely to negotiate with the patient, support each other, and communicate as a team on simulation scenarios, a study found.
Stewardship project in U.K. hospitals reduced average antibiotic dose duration at one year
The intervention included a decision aid that prompted clinicians prescribing antibiotics to classify inpatients' infection risk as possible or probable and then choose between stopping or continuing the prescription at 48 to 72 hours. They also received audit and feedback.
Harm during hospitalization more common in patients with developmental disability
Hospitalized patients with intellectual disability, chromosomal abnormalities, pervasive developmental disorders, and congenital malformation syndrome had a 2.7-fold higher risk of an avoidable patient safety incident than those without developmental disability, according to an analysis in England.