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POCUS can be used by hospitalists to rule out DVT in ward patients

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) showed a sensitivity of 100%, a specificity of 95.8%, a positive predictive value of 61.5%, and a negative predictive value of 100% for diagnosing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in a prospective study.

Cardiac biomarkers may help identify high CV risk in CAP patients

Higher initial levels of cardiovascular proadrenomedullin, proendothelin-1, troponin T, pro B-type natriuretic peptide, and interleukin-6 were associated with cardiovascular (CV) events in patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Interrupting DOACs for surgery associated with low rates of major bleeding, clots in afib patients

The standardized strategy stopped direct oral anticoagulants (DOAC) for one to two days prior to an elective surgery or procedure and resumed DOACs one to three days afterward, without heparin bridging, in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Adding judgment and EKG to troponin better identified unstable angina, but not AMI

Researchers tested the hypothesis that adding additional information to a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin algorithm would improve diagnosis of ED patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

August issue online and in the mail

This issue's main story focuses on hospitalists' role in telemedicine, and inside features cover Parkinson's disease, atrial fibrillation, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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