Hospitals face consequences of opioid addiction and difficult choices about treating endocarditis.
Studies analyze rise in infective endocarditis hospitalizations related to drug use | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
One recent study found an increase since 2008 in the hospitalization rate for stroke associated with infective endocarditis and opioid use, while another compared outcomes of infective endocarditis among patients who inject drugs versus those who do
Outpatient therapy for endocarditis used more often than guidelines recommend | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
Patients with infective endocarditis who received outpatient parenteral antibiotic treatment despite not meeting Infectious Diseases Society of America criteria had no increased risk of mortality or readmission.
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Hospitalizations, heart valve surgeries for drug-associated infective endocarditis increase | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
From 2007 to 2017, annual hospitalizations for drug use-associated infective endocarditis increased by about 12-fold in one state, with opioids implicated in nearly two-thirds of cases.
S. aureus, anticoagulants raise risk of endocarditis complications | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
In patients with infective endocarditis, four significant risk factors were associated with all neurological complications, while antimicrobial therapy reduced the risk, a new study found.
This month's quiz includes questions from ACP's Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program 17 about endocarditis.
Infective endocarditis risk increased after many types of medical procedures | ACP Hospitalist Weekly | ACP Hospitalist
The findings could warrant reconsideration of prophylactic antibiotics for some patients, according to the study authors, who also called for assessment of the costs and benefits of elective procedures for patients at high risk of endocarditis.
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