May 15, 2024

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Med rec for hospitalists and hospitals

An expert explains how to do a good medication reconciliation for a single patient, and how to improve them throughout a whole system.

New sepsis risk calculator that uses AI approved

The FDA approved an artificial intelligence (AI) program that identifies patients at risk for sepsis and a higher-dose naloxone spray, among other actions.

Thick liquid diet may not improve outcomes in patients with dementia, dysphagia

A cohort study found no difference in hospital mortality and higher risk for respiratory complications in patients with Alzheimer disease and related dementias who received a thick versus thin liquid diet.

Thrombectomy improved outcomes even in stroke patients with a large infarct, trial finds

Stroke patients with a large infarct who underwent endovascular thrombectomy had a median modified Rankin scale score of four and a mortality rate of 36.1% at 90 days, compared to a score of six and a rate of 55.5% with medical therapy alone, a French trial found.

Review synthesizes advice to prevent bloodstream infections from vascular access devices

CMS is considering hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia prevention, including bloodstream infections that stem from medical devices, as a future focus of quality reporting, according to the authors of a new review.

Decongestion strategies inconsistently applied in U.S. patients hospitalized for heart failure

Estimated weight loss due to inpatient decongestion varied across 31 hospitals, with some patients gaining weight during admission, a cohort study found.

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