December 6, 2023

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Measuring hospitalist busyness

Busy hospitalists list fewer differential diagnoses. A researcher ponders the implications for diagnostic error.

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Handling HCV in the hospital

A program led by infectious disease specialists began treating inpatients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) during hospitalization.

High-sensitivity troponin testing improved processes, outcomes, hospital studies find

One study found that implementation of high-sensitivity testing reduced five-year mortality among patients with nonischemic myocardial injury, while another showed that it increased serial troponin testing but not hospital admissions.

Test-and-treat approach superior to outpatient referrals for patients hospitalized with HCV

Immediately testing and treating for hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the hospital increased treatment completion rates compared to referring to outpatient care, according to a recent Norwegian study in hospitalized patients who inject drugs.

30-day mortality after PE improved from 2000 to 2020, regardless of cancer status

Mortality in the 31 to 365 days after pulmonary embolism (PE) has shown less improvement than shorter-term mortality, particularly in patients with recent cancer, who saw no change, a Danish study found.

Conservative airway strategy may improve outcomes in comatose patients with acute poisoning

Patients who were randomized to no intubation unless they met an emergency criterion did better on a composite end point of in-hospital death and length of ICU and hospital stay than those treated under routine practice, a French trial found.