September 2010

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Innovators Descend on Annual Pediatric HM Conference

More than 400 people attended the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual conference July 22-25 in Minneapolis. The annual meeting is the premier networking and educational event for pediatric hospitalists and is sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), SHM, and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA). Innovation and improvement were popular topics throughout the conference. Keynote… [Read More]

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Hospitalist/Intensivist Model Lowers Costs, Maintains Quality of Care

As the field of HM continues to mature, branch out, and is called upon to lead in the care of a larger cross-section of hospitalized patients, it is only natural that this includes the critically ill patient. Hospitalists already care for—and are the attending of record for—this patient population in most U.S. hospitals. It is… [Read More]

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Market Watch

New Generics Desloratadine tablets (generic Clarinex)1 Didanosine delayed-release capsules (Generic Videx EC)2 New Indications, Dosage Forms, and Recommendations Ganciclovir ophthalmic gel 0.15% (Zirgan) has been approved by the FDA for treating acute herpetic keratitis.3 The recommended dose is one drop in the affected eye five times daily until the ulcer heals, then one drop three… [Read More]

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What Are the Chances a Hospitalized Patient Will Survive In-Hospital Arrest?

Case A 66-year-old woman with metastatic, non-small-cell carcinoma of the lung, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and hypertension presents with progressive shortness of breath and back pain. Her vital signs are normal, with the exception of tachypnea and an oxygen saturation of 84% on room air. A CT scan shows marked progression of her disease… [Read More]