January 17, 2024

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Beyond the ‘golf course conversation’

Hospitalists need to think harder about sponsorship to promote diversity and equity, said the authors of a recent study.

Acute kidney injury

Documenting acute kidney injury frequently requires assessing the trajectory of a patient's creatinine levels.

Diagnostic error found in care of 23% of patients who died or were transferred to ICU

The most common causes of diagnostic errors were assessment and testing issues, according to an analysis of patients who were transferred to an ICU, died, or both while hospitalized with general medical conditions at any of 29 academic centers in 2019.

De-escalation of antibiotics effective in Enterobacterales bacteremia, Spanish trial finds

The pragmatic trial found similarly high cure rates and no difference in serious adverse events between patients who continued on an antipseudomonal beta-lactam and those de-escalated to an antibiotic without antipseudomonal activity.

Gabapentinoids associated with severe COPD exacerbations

Severe exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were more common in patients taking gabapentinoids for epilepsy, neuropathic pain, or other chronic pain than in matched nonusers, a Canadian cohort study found.

Heart failure questionnaire a month after discharge identifies high-risk MI patients

Patients who reported very poor to fair health on the Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire a month after hospitalization for a myocardial infarction (MI) had significantly higher risk of mortality than those reporting better health, with predictive symptoms including leg swelling.