Hospitalizations for stroke and myocardial infarction, ED visits, cancer diagnoses, and trials for conditions other than COVID-19 all dropped during the pandemic, recent studies showed.
The August ACP Hospitalist is online and in the mail, with articles about academic medicine that focus on pandemic effects, procedure training, and the closure of a residency program. There's also expert advice on strokes associated with COVID-19 and on insulin switches.
In a randomized trial, insulin-treated patients who had real-time continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) data sent to a nursing station experienced fewer hypoglycemic events than those who received point-of-care blood glucose testing.
A retrospective study of Spanish patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) found that while worse malnutrition scores were most strongly related to a lower body mass index, moderate or severe malnourishment was seen in between 8.4% and 36.7% of overweight and obese patients.
Patients who didn't receive a beta-blocker, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor, angiotensin receptor blocker, angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor, or mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist had a longer length of stay during rehospitalization than those who did.
Submit your short article about a strategy, patient or colleague interaction, or other aspect of hospital practice during the pandemic by Aug. 31, and it may be published in the November ACP Hospitalist.