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.
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.
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.