May 1, 2024

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Rinsing out the SOAP

Two hospitalists debate the value of the Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan note format.

Outsmarting MRSA

An infectious diseases specialist offers advice on drugs and strategies to combat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Patients treated by female hospitalists have better outcomes, study finds

An analysis of Medicare data showed hospital patients had lower mortality and readmission rates when treated by female physicians compared with male physicians, with the difference driven by better outcomes in female patients treated by female hospitalists.

Medical center reports recent sharp rise in group A strep bacteremia related to injection drug use

The University of Vermont Medical Center saw three cases of invasive group A Streptococcus in 2020, four in 2021, 19 in 2022, and 45 during the first 10 months of 2023, and many of these infections could be tied to exposure to xylazine in people who inject drugs.

Certain urinary proteins tied to heart failure outcomes

An analysis of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction identified 21 urinary proteins or peptides that may be associated with risk of death or hospital admission.

Mobile app may help assess hospitalist clinicians' perceptions of workload

The newly developed app captured data on 30 clinicians' workload, work environment, leadership support, and well-being in a pilot study at one U.S. academic medical center.

Take a quiz about the April 24 issue!

Every week, ACP Hospitalist posts a question about the previous week's issue. See how well you remember what you've read compared to other readers.