Nesiritide is not an effective treatment for acute decompensated heart failure, according to a recent controlled trial. ... Prior research has also found that delayed DNR decisions are associated with higher hospital costs and longer lengths of stay, the
Thrombolytic therapy appears to improve case-fatality rates in unstable patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE), a recent study indicates. ... A multi-faceted intervention increased venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis among medical and surgical
The appropriate advice regarding the optimal time of smoking cessation for patients seen close to their scheduled surgery awaits further research.”. ... Neither providers nor an algorithm accurately predicted which patients had the highest risk of
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who had low procalcitonin levels, a recent study found. ... Quality of hospital care is more likely to be a factor in admissions that occur less than a week after discharge than in those that occur later, a recent
increased the rate of major bleeding complications, a recent industry-funded study found. ... Procalcitonin can help guide antibiotic management, including when to discontinue therapy, in ICU patients, a recent meta-analysis found.
ICU patients who were extubated overnight had higher mortality rates than those taken off mechanical ventilation during the day, according to a recent study. ... They called for additional research to evaluate the significance and mechanisms of their
An accompanying editorial called for additional research into the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to firearm violence. ... Results were published in a research letter on Sept. 19, 2016, by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Autoimmune disorders and infections may increase patients' risk for mood disorders, according to a recent study. ... Two patients originally diagnosed with human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA) were found to have Borrelia miyamotoi infection instead,
Summaries from ACP Hospitalist Weekly. A restrictive transfusion strategy did not reduce mortality among ICU patients with septic shock and cancer, a recent trial found. ... two recent studies.
Azithromycin and levofloxacin were both associated with increased cardiac risk compared with amoxicillin, a recent study found. ... Incorrect antibiotic prescribing is common among inpatients in U.S. hospitals, according to a recent report from the CDC.