New COVID-19 coverage

This month's print issue covers malnutrition and critical care, and our website offers additional COVID-19 news.


This month's issue is a little different from usual. Our April print issue was produced before the COVID-19 pandemic had really hit the U.S. and so it focused on other topics. For our online issue, we've added some timely coverage of the virus, looking at how community hospitals, and their hospitalists, have been preparing for COVID-19 patients. An accompanying article analyzes the extra visa-related challenges facing international medical graduates who are hospitalists, many of whom practice in these hospitals.

The cover story of our print edition addresses malnutrition risk, explaining how the latest research suggests that nutritional therapy for malnourished inpatients improves mortality. And it's not that hard to do. Experts say hospitalists could lead the development of better systems for malnutrition screening and treatment, starting from admission.

Critical care experts offered their thoughts on improving care during the annual meeting of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, which I attended in Orlando in February (the last conference I, or anyone, will likely be attending for a while). They offered advice on how avoiding fluids can be helpful to patients who have been resuscitated after developing severe sepsis and why the optimal use of vasopressors and mean arterial pressure targets are still under debate. We've also got related questions from MKSAP 18 in this month's Test Yourself.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we here at ACP Hospitalist are thinking of our readers, appreciating your efforts and hoping that you come through this as unscathed as possible. We're trying to share all the useful information we can, mostly through our e-newsletter ACP Hospitalist Weekly, but if you think of anything we can do to help out, please email us at acphospitalist@acponline.org.

Sincerely,
Stacey Butterfield
Editor-in-Chief