The rising prevalence of obesity has created health dangers for patients and new challenges in diagnostic testing for hospitalists.
In the face of recent reports that U.S. smoking rates are no longer declining, hospitalists may be ideally situated to help patients quit.
They're detail-oriented and comprehensive, but maybe a little slower.”. Communication expert Julie Apker, PhD, found that these differences were maintained in practice, and even increased, when she studied handoffs ... Social contact is helpful but
I give my treatment plan recommendation for them, then say, ‘You look very well now, but I do not have a crystal ball and I need to know your preferences.’ I ... If the answer is “yes,” your job should be considerably easier.
We need to say, ‘You're sleeping over because you have an infection in your lungs, not because of your legs. ... Your legs brought you here. But you're staying because of your lungs.’”.
Antipsychotics can resolve agitation in patients with delirium, but that may not provide much overall benefit.
Ignoring sleep apnea is done at the patient's peril.
Think of that diagnosis, and if you're not sure, give them antibiotics anyhow because, clearly, that's what's going to improve your outcomes.”.
England JD, Gronseth GS, Franklin G, et al. Practice parameter: evaluation of distal symmetric polyneuropathy: role of laboratory and genetic testing (an evidence-based review).
Knowing that a quarter of your patients are potentially lacking medical decision-making capacity is a really important piece of information.”. ... Maybe the patient is terrified and nobody's asked, ‘What are your concerns?’” said Dr.