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Antihypertensive treatment intensified at discharge regardless of outpatient blood pressure history

A study of older VA patients with hypertension hospitalized for noncardiac conditions found that 14% had their antihypertensive treatment intensified at discharge.

Eosinophil count can predict outcomes for patients hospitalized with C. difficile, study finds

An undetectable eosinophil count at admission was associated with higher risk of in-hospital mortality, need for vasopressors, and emergency total colectomy, the retrospective study found.

Infections related to injection drug use may be underreported in ED, hospital settings

A retrospective study tallied documentation of injection drug use within six months of a hospital visit for bacteremia, sepsis, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, or skin or soft-tissue infection.

Cardiovascular risks significantly elevated for a month after a sepsis hospitalization

Younger sepsis patients, in particular, had higher risk of myocardial infarction or stroke than similar patients who had been hospitalized for other conditions.

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