Understanding individual preferences about code status is critical to delivering the care patients want. Still, code discussions between doctors and patients don't always happen when they should, or at all. A 2008 study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine found that only 10% of patients in six university-based hospitals had documented code discussions within 24 hours of admission.
With the economy shaky and hospital budgets tight, hospitalists are being asked more and more to prove their worth. Value may be the word that hospital administrators and consultants use to describe what hospitalists are being expected to demonstrate, but what it boils down to is this: Are hospitalists earning their keep?
The I-MOVE sounds like a state-of-the-art electronic gadget, but it's actually the simplest of medical tools. Developed by clinicians at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the Independent Mobility Validation Examination, or I-MOVE, is a 12-point scale that could help hospitalists assess their patients' mobility.
Here I was pulling into the staff parking lot of a funky old private sanitarium in the middle of stinking nowhere. I rang the bell and the creaky door swung open. A very pale and dusty nurse pointed to the staff lounge, but said nothing, though I seemed to detect the ghost of a smile.
Most vital signs are now obtained using automated techniques. We put a lot of stock in these numbers. Just how accurate are they?
The case of a 48-year-old man who presented to the hospital seeking treatment for acute heroin withdrawal is discussed.
Review of safety data, recalls, label changes.
Hospital costs for potentially preventable hospitalizations were about one of every 10 dollars of total hospital expenditures in 2006.