February 21, 2024

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Tackling ED boarding

Hospitalists can take ownership to reduce risks for patients, especially elderly ones.

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The ACO SNF waiver

Learn how an accountable care organization (ACO) can help get your patient into a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

New combo antibiotic shows success against complicated urinary tract infections

Microbiologic and clinical recovery occurred in 70.6% of hospitalized patients randomized to an investigational beta-lactam and beta-lactamase inhibitor combination for urinary tract infection compared to 58% of patients given meropenem, an industry-funded trial found.

Hospital clinicians don't often use antibiograms when prescribing, survey finds

Among 193 respondents from seven U.S. health care systems, 26.9% of hospital clinicians said they used antibiograms more than once a month and 16.1% did not know that their facility had an antibiogram available.

Review looks at optimal dosing for rapid reversal of vitamin K antagonists

A fixed-dose regimen of four-factor prothrombin complex concentrate was associated with lower mortality and fewer thromboembolic events compared with a variable-dose regimen, the systematic review and meta-analysis of anticoagulant reversal found.

Studies look at outcomes with drug use and heart failure, infective endocarditis

Almost 10% of patients with acute heart failure tested positive for drug use, a French study found, while an analysis of U.S. patients who injected drugs and underwent surgery for infective endocarditis found that 79% had relapsed and 68% had died by five years.