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Longer visiting hours in ICU associated with less patient delirium

The effect was greatest in older patients, surgical patients, those with more severe illness, and patients who did not have psychiatric disorders or require parenteral sedation or mechanical ventilation, according to the single-center study.

ACOVE quality indicators may improve care in hospitalized elderly

Clinicians administered a checklist during rounds, which assessed for prophylaxis against venous thromboembolism, indwelling bladder catheters, mobilization, and delirium evaluation—four commonly encountered components of Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders (ACOVE).

Recurrent C. difficile infections more than doubled between 2001 and 2012

Risk factors for multiply recurrent Clostridium difficile infection included being older, being female, having chronic kidney disease, residing in a nursing home, and having taken antibiotics, proton-pump inhibitors, or corticosteroids, the retrospective study found.

Specialist palliative care services linked with small positive effect on quality of life

The effect of palliative care on quality of life appeared to be more pronounced for patients with cancer and for those who received palliative care early, according to the review and meta-analysis.

Nominate a Top Hospitalist

The deadline to suggest a Top Hospitalist for 2017 is July 28, 2017.

And the winner is …

ACP Hospitalist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.