December 2013


Red flags for bariatric surgery complications

Hospitalists can help quickly identify various issues that arise postoperatively.

POLSTs: Having the right conversation at the right time

Balance is often needed to sensitively convey one's opinions while respecting patient wishes.

The next patient safety target: misdiagnosis

Learn steps hospitalists can take to reduce error in their own practices and within their hospitals.

Take a balanced approach to sodium imbalances

Tips for treating patients on both ends of the sodium spectrum, from hyponatremia to hypernatremia.

A new place between the hospital and the office

Effort by Holston Medical Group in Virginia and Tennessee aims to provide inpatient-level care without the negative effects of hospitalization.

The question patients won't ask but want answered

Research indicates sexual problems and concerns are common after hospital discharge.

Physical exam of 1995 or 1997?

For any patient encounter, either may be used but not a combination of the two.

The new observation status: The good, the bad and the ugly

Here's the lowdown on the good, the bad and the ugly of the new CMS regulations.

Avoiding the pitfalls of hospital medicine

Ten tips from a seasoned hospitalist.

This is Grady Hospital

An encounter with a medical student reminds a physician what she loves about working at her hospital.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes an in-depth look at CMS##rsquo; new observation status regulations, as well as stories on bariatric surgery complications and how to talk to patients about POLSTs.

MKSAP quiz on end-of-life care

These cases and commentary, which focus on end-of-life care, are excerpted from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program (MKSAP16).

New warnings on tigecycline, ofatumumab

Details on recalls, warnings and approvals.

Recent Research

Oral fluoroquinolones and dysglycemia, metoprolol before PCI, and more.

In the News

PEG placement after acute stroke, thrombolysis in stroke, and more.