Hospital Medicine

Information Rx: The Missing Piece of Quality Care | Feature

The vast majority of healthcare takes place outside of a physician’s office. Consumers often care for themselves when they have acute problems, such as colds and the

Conference Highlights: CHEST 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at CHEST 2017, the annual International Scientific Assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians, from October 28 to November 1 in Toronto, Canada. The features below highlight some of the studies emerging from the conference.

Video – Bringing 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands From the Netherlands to Sierra Leone | Medical Blog

PW blogger Lars Brouwers, MD, discusses his trip to bring 3D printed hands and umbilical cord clamps to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa in this exclusive video!

Calling Responsible Parties to Task for their Role in the Opioid Epidemic | Medical Blog

PW blogger and regular #PWChat Tweetchat co-host Linda Girgis, MD, FAAFP, take a thorough look at the opioid epidemic, including how we got to this point and what can be done to turn things around.

Comparing Ventilation Approaches for Pneumonia | Feature

Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of hospitalization in US, resulting in more than 1 million admissions annually. Roughly 60% of patients with severe pneumonia develop acute

Robotically Assisted PCI for Complex CAD | Feature

A comparison of robotically assisted PCI (R-PCI) with manually completed PCI in patients with complex coronary artery disease (CAD) demonstrates the feasibility, safety, and high technical success of R-PCI in this patient population.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACAAI 2017 | Feature

New research was presented at ACAAI 2017, the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from October 26 to 30 in Boston. The features below highlight some of the studies presented at the conference.

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: ACEP17 | Feature

New research was presented at ACEP17, the American College of Emergency Physician’s annual scientific assembly, from October 29 to November 1 in Washington, DC. The features below highlight some of the studies and new information emerging from the conference.

Improving Pediatric Asthma Care | Feature

A study has uncovered several issues with the current status of pediatric asthma care. Researchers offer potential solutions to guide efforts for improving the management of children with asthma.

CME/CE: Follow-Up & Drug Adherence After Acute Myocardial Infarction | Feature

Older patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) appear to have poorer adherence to their post-discharge medication regimens if they go longer periods of time before being followed up. Delaying outpatient follow-up after AMI may worsen outcomes for this patient group.

Patients Treated by Male vs Female Physicians: Who Fares Better? | Feature

Do patient outcomes differ between those treated by male and female physicians? In a cross-sectional study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers examined nationally representative data of

Guidelines for Reducing Catheter-Associated UTIs | Opinion Article

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), and studies show that 70% to 80% are attributable to an indwelling urethral catheter. To

CME/CE – Conference Highlights: IDWeek 2017 | Opinion Article

New research was presented at IDWeek 2017, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, HIV Medicine Association, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, from October 4 to 8 in San Diego. The features below highlight some of the studies that emerged from the conference.

The Burnout Paradox: Why Are We Still Surprised? | Feature

If you go to medical school, you will be stressed—bigly. It should not come as a surprise. Two posts on the Kevin MD website highlight the problems

Three Effective Ways to Pick Quality Improvement Targets | Feature

Many quality improvement (QI) programs are less effective than they could be, because they have difficulty in selecting intervention targets that are meaningful to staff and which set achievement targets that do not seem to be arbitrary and imposed from above. This post sketches three approaches to initiating QI initiatives, and wraps them together in a way that staff may applaud.

Examining Dietary Supplement Use | Feature

A study suggests that many clinicians do not ask hospitalized patients questions about dietary supplement use. A formalized approach should be established to document use of these agents in order to help prevent potential adverse reactions and drug interactions.

Going off the deep end about water | Feature

The latest water craze has generated a lot of discussion. The New York Times reported that some people in California [where else?] have started drinking “raw water”

Dutch physician Lars Brouwers driving to Africa to deliver 3D printed hands | Feature spoke with PW blogger Lars Brouwers back in December about his upcoming trip to bring 3D prints to underserved populations throughout northwestern Africa. Check back here soon for a recap of Dr. Brouwers's full trip!

Can Incident Reports Backfire? | Medical Blog

"Incident reports can be subpoenaed by hospitals train people what to write and not write in incident reports? I don't think so."

Identifying Smoking-Related Disease | Feature

A study suggests that the effect of chronic smoking on the lungs is substantially underestimated when using spirometry alone.

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