February 2015


Obesity and malnutrition are not mutually exclusive

Evidence suggests malnutrition counteracts 'obesity paradox'

Getting rid of unnecessary alarms

Multidisciplinary effort can help reduce alarm fatigue

You can keep your pants on

Most patients would like to wear pants during hospital stay

Physician certification of inpatient medical necessity

What's required in content, timing, and format

Newman's handy-dandy recommendation letter

A tongue-in-cheek template for handling recommendation requests

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes articles on managing the census, watching for malnutrition in obese patients, and combating alarm fatigue

MKSAP quiz on nutrition

Patient cases involving burns, nutrition, diarrhea after small-bowel resection, and more

Warnings about long-term dual antiplatelet therapy, gram-negative tests

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals

Recent Research

Nonprofit versus for-profit hospitals, corticosteroids in septic shock, pretreatment with P2Y12 inhibitors, and more

In the News

Malpractice claims, fenoldopam after cardiac surgery in acute kidney injury, beta-lactams and community-acquired pneumonia, and more