August 16, 2023

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Catching C. diff cases, not colonization

Researchers have found innovative ways to improve hospital systems for diagnosing Clostridioides difficile.

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Chief residents run a procedure service

A chief resident-led procedure service celebrates 10 years and reports positive results.

Hospital addiction medicine consults less likely among Black patients, study finds

In a retrospective study at an urban U.S. safety-net hospital, patients with substance use disorder were less likely to have an order placed for addiction medicine consultation if they were Black than if they were White, and Black patients who did receive an order were less likely to be seen.

In-hospital PT may improve discharge disposition in pneumonia patients

Patients with pneumonia who received physical therapy (PT) every day while hospitalized were more likely to be discharged home than those who received it less frequently, a recent study found.

Hospital antibiograms may not be accurate for selecting initial empiric therapy

A retrospective cohort study of Veterans Health Administration facilities found that facility-level antibiograms had limited utility in predicting individual resistance for Escherichia coli and Klebsiella species in individual patients.

Wrong-sized blood pressure cuffs give inaccurate results, trial finds

Using a regular-sized blood pressure cuff led to inaccurately low systolic readings in patients who should have been measured with a small cuff and overly high readings in those who should have been measured with a large or extra-large cuff.