In the News

Longer antibiotic therapy in patients with low procalcitonin during COPD exacerbation increased LOS without reducing readmissions

The retrospective study divided patients by whether they received inpatient antibiotics for more or less than a day, and patients in the former group had a length of stay (LOS) of 3.7 days compared to 2.8 days in the latter.

Proteinuria associated with AKI, readmissions in surgical patients

Preoperative urinalysis assessments to identify patients at risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) may improve outcomes, according to the study authors, who called for prospective studies on the topic.

Apixaban linked to lower risk of serious bleeding compared to warfarin in patients with or without afib

A comparison of direct oral anticoagulants and warfarin found that apixaban had the lowest number needed to treat to avoid one extra major bleed compared to warfarin, while rivaroxaban had the lowest number needed to harm with death from bleeding.

Time for change in critical care training, society says

A new white paper from the Society of Critical Care Medicine calls for development of a common critical care medicine examination cosponsored by the medical specialty boards overseeing the subspecialty.

July issue online and in the mail

This month's issue of ACP Hospitalist provides news from Internal Medicine Meeting 2018, including articles about M&M conferences, quality improvement, medication reconciliation, orthopedic comanagement, and delirium.

Put words in our mouth

ACP Hospitalist Weekly wants readers to create captions for our new cartoon and help choose the winner. Pen the winning caption and win a $50 gift certificate good toward any ACP product, program, or service.