August 30, 2023

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Dig into the numbers

Hospitalists are finding career opportunities helping their hospitals use data to improve care.

FDA provides info on stimulant shortage

Also, a sterilizer for 3D-printed medical devices, a drug for postpartum depression, and an RSV vaccine for pregnant patients were approved, among other recent FDA actions.

Infectious diseases, hospital organizations update strategies for CAUTI prevention

The recommendations include essential practices for preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), which apply to all acute care hospitals, and additional approaches, which should be considered when essential practices have been implemented but infection rates remain high.

Peripheral administration of norepinephrine may reduce central line use

A protocol for peripheral norepinephrine administration eliminated one central venous catheter (CVC) day in the average patient and made it possible for 51.6% of patients taking the drug to avoid a CVC entirely, an observational cohort study at one ICU found.

Sepsis can be classified into hypo- and hyperinflammatory phenotypes, researchers say

About a third of sepsis patients fit a hyperinflammatory phenotype, and they were more likely to benefit from activated protein C than those with a hypoinflammatory phenotype, a new analysis of existing study data found.

White patients less likely to get amputation, revascularization for critical limb ischemia

Black patients hospitalized with critical limb ischemia had the highest odds of nonroutine discharge after treatment, and Black, Hispanic, and Asian and Pacific Islander patients all had higher odds of revascularization and amputation than White patients.