June 2011


Antimicrobials: New drugs, new resistance

Ten years ago, infection control was the biggest trend in tackling hospital-based infectious diseases. Now the new hot area is antibiotic stewardship.

When it's not a fever

When you see a patient with a temperature of 101, what do you note in the chart? Probably, "fever," right? Maybe not.

Testing the tests

An expert gives advice on which tests may be most helpful in diagnosing intensive care patients.

For new hospitalists, the right job means the right mix

Practice size, service time and vacation are top considerations.

Getting under the skin

Hospitalists can help diagnose the underlying cause of skin problems by taking a careful history.

Recognizing, preventing and treating delirium

A large proportion of inpatients have delirium, but in most, it goes unrecognized.

Observation moves faster with dedicated hospitalists

Clinicians at University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, opened a Clinical Decision Unit to improve care efficiency for observation patients.

Stay alert to patients' suicide risk

A recent Sentinel Event Alert aims to reduce suicide risk in hospitalized patients.

Letter from the Editor

This issue discusses partial DNRs and includes extensive coverage from Internal Medicine 2011, held this April in San Diego.

Dressed to kill

A doctor's elegant attire causes trouble in more ways than one.

Sleepless in the hospital: Our own default

Patients should not be disturbed in the middle of the night unless it is medically necessary.

New subsequent observation codes

Three new CPT codes have been developed to address longer-stay observation care.

MKSAP quiz on dermatology

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

New gadolinium contrast agent approved

Details on approval of a new gadolinium contrast agent, a recall of certain infusion agents, and more.

Recent Research

Gait speed and cardiac surgery outcomes, bloodstream infection surveillance, and more.

In the News

Antiviral agents for influenza, prognostic scores and stroke, and more.