February 2011

Publishing your QI project

How do you know if your quality improvement project is a candidate for publication?

Diaries share, and help resolve, secrets of the ICU

Daily logs may help lower incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Handoff strategy cuts chitchat and confusion

The Mayo Clinic formed a team to address its main handoff problems: unpredictable schedules, inefficiency, poor communication and poor physical environment.

Careful catheter care reduces cost, complications

The U.S. spends an estimated $2 billion annually on treating catheter-associated bloodstream infections. Learn how to help lower those costs.

Letter from the Editor

This issue contains articles on optimizing geriatric care, publishing a quality improvement project and preventing catheter-associated infections, among others.

Safety first

I know I need to get up and get started, get my children ready for school. . .and I have an early morning meeting to which I just can't be late.

Hospital medicine in South America

A hospitalist-in-training reports from PASHA, the first congress of the Pan-American Society of Hospitalists, held in November in Brazil.

Urinary catheter-associated infections: Before or after admission?

Any infection related to a device or catheter of any type is classified for coding purposes as a complication of care.

Test yourself: Invasive procedures and complications

These cases and commentary, which address invasive procedures and complications, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP15).

Hospital medicine precourse: From admission to discharge

This new course offers cutting-edge information on hospital medicine.

Hands-on workshops abound at Waxman Clinical Skills Center

Internal Medicine 2011 attendees can practice intubation and central line placement, among other procedures.

Journal watch: Recent studies of note

Hospitalists' cost-effectiveness, vasopressin antagonists and hyponatremia, and more.

In the News

Reporting impaired colleagues, updated guidelines on spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage, and more.