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.
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.
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.