March 2016


The revolving door of opioid overdose

Experts offer advice on prescribing for patients who've overdosed

Reducing unnecessary PPI use may help save lives

Follow guidelines and implement electronic systems to improve use

Nurses identify and stop unnecessary interventions

Nursing can take the lead in implementing high-value care

Upper-extremity deep venous thrombosis

Presentation, complications, diagnosis, and treatment are among the topics covered

Fixing folate testing for high-value care

Adding a message to the physician order entry system led to a decrease of 80% in tests ordered

How hospitalists can avoid diagnostic errors

A patient safety expert offers advice on improving diagnosis

Sepsis-3: The world turned upside down

New definitions of sepsis and septic shock represent a radical departure from previous criteria

Armadillo exposure, subsequent encounter

If there is no code for it in ICD-10, there is no way I could have an armadillo-related disease

Letter from the Editor

This month's issue discusses quick screening tools for delirium, management of patients after opioid overdose, overuse of proton-pump inhibitors, and more

Cases from Saint Agnes Hospital

Drug-induced aseptic meningitis, hypothyroidism as a reversible cause of cardiomyopathy, unintentional salicylate overdose, and more

Warning about posaconazole formulation confusion

Details on the latest recalls, warnings, and approvals

Recent Research

Hyperglycemia and cerebral venous thrombosis outcomes, "opt-out" HIV screening, invasive versus conservative strategy in elderly cardiac patients, and more

In the News

Attending physician workload, prescription opioids after overdose