Hospital Medicine News Archive
Health insurance companies should considering paying PCP for inpatient consulting services.
HIV patients undergoing ART often die from non-AIDS infections and cardiovascular disease.
Experts reached a consensus on the top five unnecessary medical treatments and tests for newborns.
Care coordination can help hospital patients transition from inpatient to outpatient-only care.
Monitoring kidney function in hospitalized patients can help prevent acute kidney injury.
C. difficile costs as much as $4.8 billion in estimated extra health care costs per year.
Many of the drug shortages were of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Units with more nursing hours per patient-day had a 0.42 decrease in the rate of bloodstream infections.
New recommendations are designed to prevent caregivers from accidentally measuring out 10 times the prescribed dose.
Within one year of being discharged from the hospital for heart failure, 67.4% of patients enrolled in the study were readmitted to the hospital and 35.8% died.
Decreases were seen in central-line associated bloodstream infections and surgical-site infections.
Opioids such as morphine and oxycodone were drugs most often involved in potentially dangerous drug interactions.
Hospitals that implemented a formalized antibiotic stewardship program saw an overall reduction in antibiotic use.
Fall-prevention advice may help reduce the risk of injuries at home amongst toddlers.
The American College of Emergency Physicians has issued another list of five tests and procedures that should be questioned before use.
Compared with paper towels, jet air and warm air dryers in public restrooms had higher bacteria levels.
Though 94% of those mistakes didn't require medical treatment, 25 led to deaths and about 1,900 critical care admissions.
Of the patients, 79.5% received antibiotics to treat infections, and 19.0% received them to reduce the risk of infection during surgeries.
Compared with HIV-negative patients, study participants with HIV infection had significantly higher rates of complications.
Compared with electrodiagnostic testing, ultrasound was more accurate in diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Greater use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, increased transmission from long-term acute care facilities associated with increases in carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
Disseminating information about the previous week's bundle of infection-control interventions reduced acquisition rates of drug-resistant bacteria in ICUs.
Baxter and the FDA taking action to ease shortage of first line therapy for heart attack patients.
Transfusion receipt linked to adverse cardiovascular events, regardless of bleeding complications.
About a quarter had contaminated hands, suggesting an important mode of Clostridium difficile transmission in hospital settings.
Severe opioid-related adverse event up at hospitals with higher opioid prescribing.
The FDA is calling for labeling and packaging changes for certain topical antiseptic product to reduce the risk of infection.
No one-size fits all approach to infection control, but universal precautions may be useful in certain high-risk settings.
Certain food additives, such as sodium gluconate, may cause false-positive galactomannan test results.
Problems like medication nonadherence by patients leads to greater healthcare costs.
A study of a cluster of patients infected with novel coronavirus indicates fast rate of transmission between persons.
An expert panel is strongly encouraging the immediate adoption of evidence-based strategies to reduce infections and improve patient safety.
Using chlorhexidine washcloths reduced ICU patients' risk for acquiring drug resistant organisms and bloodstream infections.
A state-sponsored program focusing on opioid overdose education and nasal naloxone distribution effectively reduced opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts.
Bathing critically ill pediatric patients in chlorhexidine gluconate daily reduced the incidence of bacteremia by more than 35%.
Health care providers should remain vigilant to the potential for increased norovirus activity in the ongoing season related to the emergent GII.4 Sydney strain.
Nurses' work environment and staffing levels affect readmission rates for heart failure, MI and pneumonia.
Low staffing levels and nurse burnout correlated with increased health-care associated infections in Pennsylvania hospitals.
The FDA has issued a Class I recall for CareFusion's AirLife™ Infant Breathing Circuit.
A telehealth intervention for chronic health conditions improved emergency admission rates and lowered mortality in hospitals in England compared with usual care.
Despite the overall positive impact, some hospitals are spending less time on infections not targeted in the CMS rule.
Patients with major trauma who were transported to level I or II trauma centers via helicopter had better odds of surviving compared with those transported by ground services.
American Regent has issued a nationwide voluntary recall of three lots of Cyanocobalamin Injection 1,000mcg/mL (1mL vial), because cracks can form in them bottom and sides of some vials.
A Medicare demonstration program incorporating a pay-for-performance model did not improve 30-day or six year hospital mortality.
Eagle Pharmaceuticals has issued a voluntary recall of four lots of Argatroban Injection 50mg/50mL (1mg/1mL) due to a potential for visible particulates.
Surfaxin (lucinactant) is indicated for the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome, a breathing disorder that affects premature infants.
Norovirus outbreaks predominated in behavioral health and rehabilitation/long-term care facilities, whereas bacterial infections were more likely to occur in medical and surgical units.
Calculating IV acetaminophen doses in milligrams and administering the 10 mg/mL solution in milliliters without adjusting the volume may contribute to an average ten-fold overdose in young children.
Wound debridement is significantly faster with maggot therapy during the first week of treatment compared with conventional debridement, but differences were no longer significant after fifteen days, study data indicate.
The CDC has launched a new electronic system that will enable hospitals to track antibiotic use and compare performance with other hospitals in efforts to curb growing rates of antibiotic drug resistance.
Drug overdose deaths involving prescription opioid painkillers now surpasses those involving heroin and cocaine combined, the CDC reports.
Eli Lilly announced that it is pulling drotrecogin alfa (Xigris) from all markets after a major clinical trial failed to show a survival benefit among patients taking the drug.
U.S. heart failure (HF) hospitalizations decreased by 29.5% during the past decade, data from a fee-for-service Medicare claims analysis conducted from 1998 to 2008 indicate.
More than half of clinician uniforms sampled from a large hospital tested positive for harmful pathogens, including MRSA.
Boys and children aged 4 years and younger are at highest risk for window fall-related injuries, and more than 82.8% of cases with documented information involved a window with a screen.
Acute appendicitis can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms mirror those of other illnesses. Preoperative CT has been used increasingly to diagnose suspected cases since the introduction of multidetector CT.
Omitting information remains a common error in electronic prescribing systems, accounting for more than half of all mistakes.
Summertime may become even more youth-friendly with the recent discovery that the vitamin D produced from sun exposure plays a role in protecting against childhood asthma.