Hospitalized-patient one-year mortality risk (HOMR) score an excellent prognostic tool
The HOMR score, derived from administrative data, accurately predicts mortality. This study derived the score from medical records which providers can access and found it still accurately determines 1-year mortality.
Citation: Casey G, van Walraven C. Prognosticating with the hospitalized-patient one-year mortality risk score using information abstracted from the medical record. J Hosp Med. 2017 April; 12(4):224-30.
New drug for C. difficile recurrence
Bezlotoxumab is now approved to reduce recurrence of Clostridium difficile. This is an injectable human monoclonal antibody to C. difficile toxin and must be used in conjunction with antibiotics.
Citation: U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Drug Label. Available online at https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/761046s000lbl.pdf. Accessed 7 May 2017.