November 2011


Clearing or clouding the mind?

Antipsychotics can resolve agitation in patients with delirium, but that may not provide much overall benefit.

Volunteering abroad adds meaning to medical practice

Today's physicians may spend more time at a computer than at the bedside, but not if they volunteer abroad.

Improving outcomes with new roles

A medical center in Vero Beach, Fla., reduced code blues and implemented multi-disciplinary rounds through a patient safety and quality initiative.

Assess before anticoagulating

Three new evidence-based recommendations from ACP point out that VTE prophylaxis is not as simple as some might think.

Letter from the Editor

We're thrilled to present you with our fourth annual Top Hospitalists issue, highlighting excellent work in the hospitalist community.

Letter to the Editor

A reader weighs in on the seven on/seven off schedule.

Life is sweet: An extremely brief history of diabetes

One thousand years before Hippocrates, healers knew that the passing of too much urine was a bad sign.

Bath salts that were never meant for a tub

You might not understand the nicknames Meow-Meow, Ivory Wave and Powdered Rush, but you probably have patients who do.

Trousseau, thrombosis and cancer: A history consult

Physicians and students can learn by contemplating how history intersects with their daily practice

Last night an RN saved my life

When I was a brand-spanking-new intern, I took an ICU call that was so scary it nearly gave me PTSD.

Whose documentation counts?

Understanding whose documentation can actually be used for inpatient coding purposes is often a source of confusion and controversy.

Test yourself: Delirium

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

Warnings on citalopram, ondansetron; polypill approved

Details on new warnings for higher doses of citalopram hydrobromide, and more.

Recent Research

Short-term NSAIDS and MI risk, VTE after colorectal surgery, and more.

In the News

Comparing clinical decision rules for PE, U.K. guidelines on preventing delirium, and more.