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C. diff-related bloodstream infection seen less often with FMT vs. antibiotics

While fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) was associated with fewer bloodstream infections than antibiotics in one study, a brief report described two cases of drug-resistant bacteremia transmitted by FMT.

Approval delays for high-cost OPAT common, associated with discharge to subacute care

Almost a third of patients who were prescribed outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) with daptomycin, ceftaroline, ertapenem, or a beta-lactam beta-lactamase inhibitor combination had to wait more than a day for prior authorization.

No association between contrast use and AKI seen in critically ill patients with normal kidney function

Acute kidney injury (AKI) was significantly associated with clinical factors, such as sepsis, metabolic disorders, and severity of illness, but not the use of IV contrast, according to a propensity-matched analysis of ICU patients.

STEMI outcomes similar whether patients present on or off hours, French study finds

No between-group difference was seen in median time from symptoms to first medical contact or from first medical contact to sheath insertion, rate of radial access for catheterization, or in-hospital and one-year mortality.

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