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No association between appropriate antibiotics and survival of elderly CAUTI patients

The results suggest that clinicians could defer antibiotic treatment of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in some patients until full clinical and microbiologic evaluation is complete, the study authors said.

Angiography timing didn't affect mortality in non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome

Although the meta-analysis found no effect overall, certain subgroups of high-risk patients did appear to have slightly lower mortality when an invasive strategy was applied earlier rather than later.

Patients may have slightly higher in-hospital mortality after PCI in safety net hospitals

The mortality difference between safety net and non-safety net hospitals appeared to attenuate as hospitals' percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) volume increased.

Many patients do not use or discard prescription opioids after surgery, review finds

Increased efforts are needed to develop and disseminate best practices to reduce the oversupply of opioids after surgery, especially given how commonly opioid analgesics are diverted for nonmedical use, the authors said.

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.