January 2013


Is it time to end routine catheter replacement?

Recent research may change practice nationwide.

Taking charge after discharge

Medicare payment penalties have helped spur the industry's growth.

Prep for periop

Pain, blood pressure, and transfusions are among the topics covered.

Be smart about smartphone use

A study suggests that hospitals develop a policy about when and how to use smartphones at work.

Doctoring at a lower decibel

Rochester General Hospital in New York used a team approach to reduce noise throughout the facility.

Documentation of medical necessity, part three

Acute chest pain, acute coronary syndrome, acute myocardial infarction and bronchospastic conditions are discussed.

What peers are made of, and why it matters

A resident reflects on the importance of his peers to the learning process##mdash;guiding, helping and supporting one another.

Letter from the Editor

This issue features stories on global health, catheter-related infections, and postdischarge transitions, among others.

The center of your universe

You start your morning rounds. You will spend the next 12 hours here. This is your world. And you are the center of it.

MKSAP quiz on perioperative care

These cases and commentary, which address perioperative care, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP16).

Expanded approval on rivaroxaban, reassurance on dabigatran

Details on recalls, warnings and approvals.

Recent Research

Organ failure in the ICU, non-cardiac surgery after stents and more.

In the News

Ordering and interpreting troponin tests, plus monitoring acetaminophen doses in hospitalized patients.