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Study identifies potential predictors of hospital-onset C. difficile infection

In patients colonized with Clostridioides difficile, risk factors for infection included longer length of stay, exposure to multiple classes of antibiotics, use of opioids, and cirrhosis, whereas use of laxatives was associated with a lower risk.

Corticosteroids bundled with other interventions didn't improve outcomes in CAP

An Australian trial randomized hospital patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) to a week of corticosteroids, de-escalation to oral antibiotics, early mobilization, and malnutrition screening and treatment.

Opioids were commonly used for acute gout treatment, ED study finds

More than 28% of patients with acute gout who were discharged from an ED received an opioid prescription, even though there are other treatment options.

Thrombectomy after stroke reduced length of stay, increased chance of living at home

A new analysis of a prior trial found that endovascular thrombectomy for ischemic stroke reduced length of hospital stay by a median of 2.6 days, a 29% reduction compared to medical therapy.

And the winner is …

ACP Hospitalist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.