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Liberal glucose control worked well for ICU patients with diabetes, study finds

ICU patients who were given insulin only when glucose reached 252 mg/dL had slightly less hypoglycemia and similar creatinine levels, white cell counts, and mortality rates to those treated with insulin at 180 mg/dL.

NT-proBNP cutpoints validated for diagnosing and ruling out heart failure in the ED

Age-stratified cutpoints for N-terminal pro–B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) helped diagnose acute heart failure, and 300 pg/mL had good sensitivity and negative predictive value as a rule-out cutpoint, the study found.

Hospitalizations rose for acute decompensated heart failure in past decade

The analysis of heart failure-related hospitalizations in U.S. patients age 55 years and older between 2005 and 2014 found that only black patients showed decreased one-year mortality over time.

List offers opportunities to improve value in hospital medicine

Recommendations from the Right Care Alliance Hospital Medicine Council include checking orthostatic vital signs in patients with syncope before considering testing beyond an electrocardiogram.

March issue online and in the mail

The latest issue of ACP Hospitalist covers new models for primary care physicians working in the hospital, and multiple ways to promote patient and clinician mental health.

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.