Fondaparinux associated with fewer HIT complications than approved anticoagulants in industry-funded study
Despite not being an FDA-approved treatment for suspected heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), fondaparinux was the most-used drug in the study, which compared it to danaparoid, argatroban, and lepirudin.
Noninvasive cardiac testing in the ED leads to increased lengths of stay with no clinical improvement
The study of patients who presented to EDs with chest pain but had negative biomarkers and a nonischemic electrocardiogram found that 88% underwent coronary computed tomographic angiography or stress testing.
The authors noted that these interventions are widely used in clinical practice to try to prevent acute kidney injury (AKI) despite lack of evidence supporting their effectiveness.
Medicare patients who were cared for by their primary care physician instead of a hospitalist were more likely to be discharged home and had slightly lower 30-day mortality rates.
The latest issue features the tenth annual Top Hospitalists, as well as news on delirium, venous ulcers, hospice referrals, and pain management.