July 26, 2023

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Pushing back on physical restraints

Pause before ordering restraints and definitely don't forget that a patient has been placed in them, says a researcher who has found disparities in use among medical inpatients.

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Audience archetypes

Two frequent conference speakers offer their taxonomy of attendees.

IDSA updates guidance on managing drug-resistant, gram-negative infections

New treatment recommendations from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) dealt with resistant strains of Enterobacterales, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.

Procedure committee set standards for measuring residents' competence

A recent study described how a procedure competency committee of hospitalists reviewed internal medicine residents' procedure portfolios and assessed their ability to perform various procedures with assistance, with direct supervision, or with indirect supervision.

Readmission, mortality rates high for hospitalized HF patients worldwide

A systematic review and meta-analysis found that 13.2% and 35.7% of heart failure (HF) patients were readmitted at 30 days and one year and that 7.6% and 23.3% had died by those respective time points.

Long-term doxycycline may reduce exacerbations for some COPD patients

A randomized trial in the U.K. found that 12 months of doxycycline did not improve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations overall versus placebo but may have reduced rates in patients with severe disease or lower blood eosinophil counts.