May 2012

LegalLiterature Reviews

ITL: Physician Reviews of HM-Relevant Research

Initial trophic feedings effective for patients with acute lung injury; IM vs. IV benzodiazepines in status epilepticus; CDI risk following antibiotic cessation; Acid suppression associated with increased complications in CDI patients; perioperative statins and cardiac events in surgical patients; enoxaparin vs. unfractionated heparin during PCI; optimal serum potassium levels for AMI patients; PPIs superior to H2-blockers for lowering UGI bleeding following ACS and STEMI.

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By the Numbers: -0.44

The average difference in length of stay between hospitalist groups and non-hospitalist groups.

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Communication Vital to End-of-Life Care

I can’t speak for all loved ones who must witness the passage of a parent, a child, or a spouse, but for me, a hospitalist’s firm hand would have made a world of difference in how we navigated this inevitable event.