Letter from the Editor

This month's issue includes stories on dementia, HIV screening, medical apps, and leadership, among others.


Delirium prevention is getting serious attention. Earlier this year, the Society of Critical Care Medicine released guidelines on managing delirium in the ICU and emphasized ways to stop the condition from developing in the first place. Large-scale efforts to prevent delirium have existed for years, most famously through Yale's Hospital Elder Life Program, which is in place at an estimated 200 sites around the world. But smaller measures can be taken by hospitals that don't have the immediate resources or ability to overhaul care, and these can be quite effective too. Actions like reducing noise at night and arranging medication schedules to preserve patients' sleep can reap big benefits. Click here to read about things you and your colleagues can do to cut down on delirium at your facilities.

A huge chunk of the magazine this month is devoted to coverage of ACP's Internal Medicine 2013 conference, held in mid-April in San Francisco. Our wrap-up stories cover clinical topics, such as diagnosing HIV, pulmonary infections in HIV patients, inpatient nephrology and drugs of abuse. In career coverage, we summarize a session about the qualities needed for leadership in hospital medicine and offer a rundown on the apps and programs that can help you do your job most efficiently and effectively.

We've also got a colorful column by physician advisor James S. Newman, MD, FACP, and his wife, dermatologist Catherine Newman, MD, on all the hues a patient can turn while in the throes of illness. And you'll also find a thoughtful essay exam by Sudhakar Karlapudi, MBBS, on the way some patients stick with you long after they've been discharged.

Last, we are very pleased to announce that ACP Hospitalist won two awards in the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors' (ASHPE) annual competition—a Gold in the Best Case History category for our March 2012 piece “Take the C-TraIn” and a Silver in the Best Department category for our “Your Career” section. Association Media & Publishing also awarded us a Bronze EXCEL Award for our September 2012 cover story “Catch them if you can”, which was recognized in the Feature Article category for magazines with a circulation of 20,001 to 50,000.

Please offer your suggestions and feedback at any time by writing to us. We're always happy to hear from you.

Sincerely,
Jessica Berthold
Editor, ACP Hospitalist