November 2015

Red flags help hospitalists spot human trafficking

Hospitalization presents an opportunity to intervene and stop exploitation

Malignant bowel obstruction

Learn about diagnosis, treatment, and next steps through a case study

Cases from Maine Medical Center

Meningoencephalitis, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, tophaceous gout, and more

Patient navigator program reduces length of stay

A 442-bed acute care urban academic health center in Toronto decreased length of stay by improving patient-physician communication and handoffs

Clinical reasoning now a ‘foundational basic science’ in medical education

Perhaps the most important aspect of medical training is developing the ability to come to the correct diagnosis

ICD-10: A few more new documentation needs

Coma, hepatic encephalopathy, pancreatitis, diabetes, and hypertension are discussed

Magnificent maggots

Sometimes the best treatment plan can include an effective and simple intervention of antiquity

“Bad” medicine

"So, doc, am I gonna die?"

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue features our 2015 Top Hospitalists, along with a feature on detecting human trafficking and an Expert Analysis on malignant bowel obstruction

New warnings on multiple diabetes drugs

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals

Recent Research

Urinalysis orders, resistant infections, molecular C. diff testing, and more

In the News

Physician-owned vs. non-physician-owned hospitals, evidence on cleaning methods, barrier precautions during arterial catheter insertion, and more