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Algorithm may help guide antibiotic therapy for staphylococcal bacteremia

The algorithm predefined diagnostic evaluations, antibiotic selection, and duration of therapy, and its outcomes were compared to those in similar patients whose physicians had unrestricted choice of antibiotic and duration of therapy.

New score for syncope may predict risk of echocardiography findings

The authors said that the score, if validated, could improve resource use and promote high-value care.

NEWS works better when site-specific or combined with biomarker, studies find

The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) caused alert fatigue and failed to reduce mortality or ICU transfers in one study, but another found it to accurately predict mortality when used with soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor testing.

High costs among dual-eligible beneficiaries due mostly to long-term care

Among persistently high-cost patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, 68.8% of spending was on long-term care and less than 1% was related to potentially preventable hospitalizations.

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