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ACP HospitalistWeekly

Welcome to this week's issue of ACP HospitalistWeekly, an update for hospitalists published every Wednesday by the American College of Physicians.



In the News for the Week of April 23, 2014




Highlights

Adding aspirin or NSAID to anticoagulant doubles bleeding risk

Taking aspirin or an NSAID while on anticoagulant therapy is associated with an increased risk of bleeding in patients who have had a venous thromboembolism (VTE), a recent study found. More...

SHEA/IDSA issue updated CAUTI guidelines

Experts have released updated guidelines on preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) in the hospital. More...


Delirium

New scoring system helps quantify delirium severity in older patients

A new delirium assessment measure based on the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) appears to help accurately quantify delirium in older patients, according to a new study. More...


Cardiology

Intervention tied to better quality of life for cardiac patients with mood, anxiety disorders

A 6-month intervention to manage depression and anxiety in patients recently hospitalized for cardiac events helped improve their mental health-related quality-of-life scores, a study found. More...


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Physician editor: A. Scott Keller, MD, FACP



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