December 2015

Illustration by Sarah Ferone

Will small hospitals disappear?

Facilities take new approaches to survive familiar challenges.

Measuring the readmission measures

Penalties positive step but should evolve into focus on value-based care, experts say.

Preventing AKI

Everyone wants to do it, but how?.

Predicting sepsis and its trajectory

Biomarkers, automated systems, and rapid diagnostics.

Get ready for flu season

Sooner is definitely better when it comes to antivirals for influenza, but later is better than nothing.

What not to do in palliative care

Some things physicians thought they were doing to help patients at the end of life are actually ineffective and even potentially harmful.

Amyloidosis: A review for the hospitalist

Learn about types of amyloidosis, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.

Postdischarge case management, clinic combat readmissions

A 5-hospital health system improved patients' access to postdischarge care.

Mobile apps enter the hospital

An expert discusses which apps hospitalists should know about and how they can begin to prescribe them.

Stroke and TIA

A transient neurologic deficit lasting 24 hours or more, even when imaging studies are unremarkable, is a cerebrovascular accident, not TIA.

The little brown bottle

The first documented recommendation of nitroglycerin for angina pectoris was described by Dr. William Murrell in 1877.

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue features a look at small hospitals and readmission measures, as well as ways to prevent acute kidney injury and to predict sepsis.

MKSAP quiz on acute kidney injury

Cases involving acute kidney injury are presented.

Dabigatran reversal agent approved

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals.

Recent Research

Delirium screening, rapid response, and more.

In the News

Best practice advice on PE, contamination of protective gear, and more.