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Current Issue - March 2014
Advice on implementing innovative rounding models
Learn about the advantages and challenges of different types of rounding, how to set them up effectively, and how to ensure they are working well.
Clinicians must help change the culture to encourage dialogue
Hospitalists can help create a blame-free atmosphere of openness when it comes to discussing errors in patient care.
Overdiagnosis is leading to drug resistance, overtreatment, higher costs
Concerns are growing that pneumonia is being overdiagnosed. Here's how you can stem the trend.
Experts discuss unintended effects at National Readmission Summit
Advice is given on how hospitals and clinicians can avoid the pitfalls of the penalty program, and how policymakers could change it to operate more effectively.
At Society of Critical Care Medicine Annual Congress, speaker describes ‘perfect storm’ of supply, demand imbalance
The act's emphasis on cost containment and care efficiency will be felt most acutely in the ICU, speaker predicts.
Expert discusses how guidelines may eventually change
Michael O’Connor, MD, offers his thoughts at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Annual Congress in January.
New society president outlines challenges facing intensivists
Sick ICU patients outnumber the people allocated to care for them, notes J. Christopher Farmer, MD, FACP.
Orlando sun and Doctor's Dilemma® fun
Teams from around the world will compete in the 20th-anniversary championship of Doctor's Dilemma® at the meeting held in Orlando on April 8-12.
Ohio hospital aims to improve patient knowledge, communication
As part of a pilot, St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio distributed tablets with patient-centric software to patients on a cardiac step-down unit.
Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, and colleagues find room for improvement in readmissions practices
Only half of hospitals reported monitoring whether they gave discharge summaries to primary care physicians, study found.
Focus on fever
Human body temperature must rank as one of the earliest “vital signs” recognized by our ancestors.
The Brief Case
Real patient cases cover topics such as vitamin B12 deficiency, secondary Evans syndrome, and acute interstitial nephritis caused by zonisamide.
From the March 12, 2014 edition
- New guidelines on valvular heart disease released
- Incorrect antibiotic prescribing appears common among inpatients
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