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Research on COVID-19 vaccines' duration, reactions, prioritization

Antibodies persisted six months after vaccination, a graded dosing protocol allowed patients with reactions to a first shot to get a second, and surveyed Americans wanted to prioritize front-line workers and those with chronic conditions for vaccination.

Nonprofit hospitals spent less on charity care than for-profit and government hospitals

For every $100 of expense incurred in 2018, nonprofit hospitals spent less on charity care ($2.30) than for-profit hospitals ($3.80) and government hospitals ($4.10), according to an analysis of 4,666 Medicare-certified general acute care hospitals.

Analysis finds no association between IV contrast and kidney impairment

A Canadian study found that IV contrast was not associated with dialysis, death, or mean change in estimated glomerular filtration rate over six months in adults undergoing CT pulmonary angiography in the ED.

Support protocol for ICU patients after extubation didn't reduce reintubation rates

The trial compared a respiratory therapist-driven protocol that provided noninvasive ventilation or high-flow nasal cannula to patients after extubation to usual care and found no significant differences.

And the winner is …

ACP Hospitalist Weekly has tallied the voting from its latest cartoon contest, where readers are invited to match wits against their peers to provide the most original and amusing caption.