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Most patients on mechanical ventilation received daily chest X-rays, despite guideline changes

The hospital in which patients received mechanical ventilation was the strongest predictor of whether they received daily X-rays, even after adjusting for patient variables.

Venous access devices frequently fail or are removed for suspicion of infection

The highest rates and proportion of failure were in hemodialysis catheters and the central line-associated bloodstream infection rate was highest in nontunneled central venous access devices.

Fall risk linked to poor outcomes in patients hospitalized with CVD

The results of the retrospective study underscore the prognostic value of assessing fall risk among patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to the authors.

Earlier hip fracture surgery admission associated with lower in-hospital mortality than later treatment

Study authors projected that there would be an additional 10.9 deaths for every 1,000 surgeries if all surgeries were performed after inpatient day 3 instead of on the admission day.

August issue online and in the mail

This month's issue focuses on procalcitonin testing, hospitalist training in residency, oncology care communication, and femoral access for central lines.

Vote for your favorite entry

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