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SHM releases recommendations on opioid use in hospitalized adults with acute, noncancer pain

Clinicians should pair opioids with scheduled nonopioid analgesics, unless contraindicated, and always consider nonpharmacologic pain management strategies, according to the consensus statement from the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Unnecessary blood tests and imaging common in cellulitis hospitalizations, study finds

Over two-thirds of patients with uncomplicated cellulitis received imaging, none of which would have been recommended by guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Program to rapidly identify and contain cases of CRE is achieving improvements, CDC finds

Rates of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) declined from 2006 to 2015, but testing in 2017 did identify 221 isolates expressing carbapenemases other than Klebsiella pneumoniae.

No improvement in inpatient mortality associated with increase in emergency calls

Rates of emergency (or rapid-response) calls varied month to month from 9.21 to 30.69 per 1,000 discharges in one Australian hospital, and there was no association between call rates and inpatient mortality.

April issue online and in the mail

This month's issue looks at clinician involvement in hospital design, electronic glucose management systems, sepsis survivorship, and more.

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.