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ACP Hospitalist® Weekly

Welcome to this week's issue of ACP Hospitalist Weekly, an update for hospitalists published every Wednesday by the American College of Physicians.

In the News for the Week of September 2, 2015


Elevated heparin-binding protein predicted onset of organ dysfunction

Heparin-binding protein rose before procalcitonin, C-reactive protein, lactate, and leukocyte count in patients who went on to develop severe sepsis. More...

Mechanical ventilation

Early tracheostomy associated with lower mortality, disparities in treatment

Patients who received tracheostomy within 6 days of intubation, instead of after 10 days, had shorter ICU and hospital stays, and were more likely to be white, male, and privately insured. More...


Postural modification improves effectiveness of Valsalva maneuver

In the modified version, the Valsalva strain was done in a semi-recumbent position, after which the patient was immediately repositioned to be supine with a passive leg raise. More...

Risk prediction

CHA2DS2-VASc modestly predicts ischemic stroke, thromboembolism, death in heart failure patients

The observation that the risk factors included in the score are particularly significant among heart failure patients without atrial fibrillation is an important result, study authors said. More...

Cartoon caption contest

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. More...

Editorial note: ACP Hospitalist Weekly will not be published next week due to the Labor Day holiday.

Physician editor: A. Scott Keller, MD, FACP

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