M. Alexander Otto
MRI saves money, better than CT in acute stroke
October 14, 2019
ST. LOUIS – The annual savings from skipping CT in favor of MRI for patients with suspected stroke would offset the cost of round-the-clock MRI staffing.
Ticagrelor monotherapy tops DAPT for high-risk PCI patients
September 29, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO – TWILIGHT findings support move to shorter DAPT.
Wrong cuff size throws off pediatric BP by 5 mm Hg
September 7, 2019
NEW ORLEANS – The study helps inform the use of a cuff that’s too big or too small when the correct sized cuff is unavailable.
HFNC 12 L/min on floor cuts down on bronchiolitis ICU transfers
September 2, 2019
Switching from 6 L/min makes a difference.
Use hospital MRSA rates to guide pediatric osteomyelitis treatment
August 28, 2019
SEATTLE – If your hospital MRSA rate is less than 10%, cefazolin is a reasonable empiric choice for acute pediatric hematogenous osteomyelitis.
CPAP safety for infants with bronchiolitis on the general pediatrics floor
August 26, 2019
SEATTLE – “Very, very few” hospitals do bronchiolitis CPAP outside of the ICU.
Pediatric hospitalist certification beset by gender bias concerns
August 23, 2019
Over 1,400 sign petition to American Board of Pediatrics.
How to nearly eliminate CLABSIs in children’s hospitals
August 15, 2019
One hospital went 6 months without a central line–associated bloodstream infection after quality improvements.
Procalcitonin advocated to help rule out bacterial infections
August 13, 2019
SEATTLE – Use of procalcitonin may help decrease lumbar punctures and antibiotic exposure.
In newborns, concentrated urine helps rule out UTI
August 8, 2019
SEATTLE – Dr. Raymond Parlar-Chun: “If urine is concentrated, you have [more confidence] that you don’t have a UTI if you’re negative.“