March 13, 2024

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Knowing when AI is wrong

Physicians need to learn the explanations behind artificial intelligence (AI) answers, say the authors of a study in which hospitalists had lower diagnostic accuracy when working with biased AI.

A quick heart failure stay

Heart failure patients who would typically be admitted were treated instead on a short-stay unit in a recent project.

Guidance offered on use of IV albumin

The recommendations from the International Collaboration for Transfusion Medicine Guidelines address several clinical settings and conditions, including critical care, cardiovascular surgery, and cirrhosis.

Complications appear common with CVC placement

Of 1,000 patients with a central venous catheter (CVC) for three days, 30.2 would develop at least one serious complication, including arterial cannulation, pneumothorax, infection, or deep venous thrombosis, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Combination analgesic regimen may be most effective after hip replacement

Patients who received acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and dexamethasone had the lowest morphine consumption within 24 hours postsurgery in a Danish randomized placebo-controlled trial.

Melatonin does not improve delirium in older inpatients

No significant differences in Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale scores were seen between patients randomized to 5 mg of melatonin nightly or placebo, a small trial found.