Medicare patients had higher 30-day mortality when treated by older vs. younger hospitalists, study finds
The association was driven primarily by physicians who treated low to medium numbers of patients, and higher patient volume seemed to provide a protective effect.
Overall, 82.5% of patients in the New York State registry got the recommended bundle, which included blood cultures, broad-spectrum antibiotics, and lactate measurement, within three hours.
Once the drug is available as a generic, it could reduce health care costs for high-risk patients after acute coronary syndrome (ACS), the industry-funded study found.
The Belgian study provided staff on acute geriatrics wards with a care guide for last days of life, training, supportive documentation, and a guide for implementation.
Physician editor: A. Scott Keller, MD, FACP