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Nicotine replacement during surgical hospitalization not associated with adverse outcomes

An observational study found no difference in complications, mortality, and readmissions between patients who had received nicotine replacement therapy within two days of major surgery and those who hadn't.

Model including functional impairments may help predict death in older adults after acute MI

Fifteen factors measurable during hospitalization were associated with six-month mortality, including hearing impairment, mobility impairment, unintended weight loss, and lower patient-reported health status.

Calls to poison control centers for gabapentin, baclofen increased in recent years

The increase in exposures to and misuse of these medications in the U.S. may represent an unintended consequence of recent reductions in opioid prescribing for pain management, study authors said.

Patients increasingly discharged alive from inpatient palliative care, referred to home or outpatient programs

Cancer was still the most common primary diagnosis in those receiving inpatient palliative care, but other diagnoses are becoming more common, according to a retrospective analysis from 2013 to 2017.

December issue online and in the mail

The latest issue of ACP Hospitalist covers diabetes, gabapentinoids, high-value care, burnout, and antibiotic stewardship.

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