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1 in 5 inpatient antibiotic regimens results in adverse drug event

Researchers also looked at whether the prescribed antibiotics were clinically indicated and found that 19% of them were not, most commonly due to treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria or noninfectious lower respiratory tract conditions.

Interactive voice response calls after hospital discharge may help smoking cessation rates

Patients received smoking cessation counseling in the hospital, followed by free smoking cessation medication and five automated interactive voice response calls over a three-month period.

ID specialists in the ED improved care for severe sepsis and septic shock

Having a dedicated ID team provide bedside evaluation within an hour of ED arrival increased compliance with the sepsis bundle and reduced 14-day mortality.

Earlier diuretic treatment may be associated with lower in-hospital mortality

An accompanying editorial cautioned that longer door-to-furosemide times might have reflected greater diagnostic or therapeutic uncertainty in some cases, making it difficult to draw definitive conclusions.

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