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SHM issues position statements on ultrasound and abdominal paracentesis

One statement from the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) reviewed the use of point-of-care ultrasound, while the other offered 12 recommendations on the use of ultrasound guidance for adult abdominal paracentesis.

AHA program appears to have improved STEMI care over time

The American Heart Association's (AHA) Mission: Lifeline Program aims to improve guideline-recommended care for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) by developing health care systems in the community.

Influenza associated with worse in-hospital outcomes in heart failure patients

Rates of in-hospital mortality, acute respiratory failure with and without mechanical ventilation, and acute kidney injury with and without dialysis were higher in heart failure patients who had influenza versus those who did not.

Bundled payments for hip, knee replacement reduced costs with no change in complications

The mandatory bundled payment programs saved costs largely because fewer patients were sent to post-acute care facilities after hip or knee replacements, a study found.

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ACP Hospitalist Weekly's cartoon caption contest continues. Readers can vote for their favorite caption to determine the winner.