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Complications rare when stroke mimics are treated with tPA, study finds

An analysis of the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Registry found that 3.5% of patients who received IV tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) for a suspected ischemic stroke were eventually found to have a stroke mimic.

Pharmacist-led antimicrobial stewardship strategies worked in community hospitals

While both a modified preauthorization intervention and postprescription audit and review intervention were feasible, the latter led to more antibiotic de-escalation and may have decreased overall antimicrobial use.

Observation, ED treat-and-discharge visits rose in parallel with drop in readmissions

A new analysis of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program found that hospital revisits within 30 days actually increased among Medicare patients admitted for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, or pneumonia from 2012 to 2015.

In-hospital addiction consults may increase treatment of substance use disorder postdischarge

In a cohort study in Oregon, patients were treated by the Improving Addiction Care Team service, an addiction medicine consult service offered at one large academic hospital.

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.