June 2010


Consult with confidence

Consulting on patients admitted to other specialties has become routine for many hospitalists, but most have had little if any training in this area.

Searching for weapons in the war on MRSA

A decade ago, vancomycin was considered a reasonably effective treatment for MRSA, but times have changed.

Better endings are possible

Patients need ideal medical care at the end of life, but they don't always get it.

King of the HAI hill

infection has overtaken MRSA as the top hospital-acquired infection.

Cracking the codes

A few basic documentation tips can go a long way toward maximizing reimbursement.

PA training gives hospitalists helping hands and new teaching opportunities

The Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Ariz., has developed a fellowship program for physician assistants.

Letter from the Editor

As in-hospital treatment for complicated neurological conditions has expanded, the number of community neurologists who take call has declined. This has put hospital-based neurologists##mdash;neurohospitalists##mdash;in hot demand, and they're likely to stay there as the population ages.

Iatrogenica

A chance encounter with an old friend leads our editorial advisor to reminisce about patients past.

Intracranial pressure monitoring

Our columnist outlines the four approaches to intracranial pressure monitoring.

Test yourself: Stroke

The following cases and commentary, which address stroke, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15).

In the News

Predicting short-term stroke recurrence, updated recommendations on cardiovascular IED infections.