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Katharine D Wenstrom, Mary E D'Alton, Daniel F O'Keefe
OBJECTIVE:  To conduct a survey of the members of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) to determine the practice patterns of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialists in the United States and to estimate the likelihood that our work force is sufficient to support the proposed MFM staffing requirements for level III and IV maternity centers. STUDY DESIGN:  All regular SMFM members in the United States were invited to answer a 26 question survey by email...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Ariel S Winn, Carolyn H Marcus, Theodore C Sectish, Kathryn Williams, Christopher P Landrigan
OBJECTIVES: The Association of American Medical Colleges published a list of entrustable professional activities (EPAs) that graduating medical students should be able to perform on day 1 of residency without direct supervision. We sought to explore the perceptions of residents and pediatric hospitalists about the level of supervision new interns need in conducting these EPAs. METHODS: An electronic survey was sent to pediatric hospitalists who supervise interns in a large pediatric residency program in which they were asked to rate the amount of supervision they perceive new interns need when performing 11 EPAs...
March 13, 2018: Hospital Pediatrics
Corrie E McDaniel, Wren Haaland, Joshua Parlaman, Chuan Zhou, Arti D Desai
OBJECTIVES: The majority of children with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) are primarily evaluated in community hospital emergency departments (EDs); however, studies on the management of pediatric CAP have largely targeted care provided in free-standing children's hospital EDs or inpatient settings. The objectives of this study were to examine whether implementation of a CAP pathway within three community hospital EDs and inpatient units improved process measures related to appropriate laboratory testing and antibiotic prescribing, and to compare performance on these measures between the community hospitals and a free-standing children's hospital...
March 7, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Yuewei Wu-Fienberg, Mary K Henzel, Mary Ann Richmond, Devra B Becker
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Multiple medical specialties are often involved in the management of patients with both spinal cord injuries (SCI) and pressure injuries (PIs), sometimes leading to inadequate communication. Our Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital has an interdisciplinary team for PI patients in the SCI unit. This team conducts monthly bedside rounds and journal clubs; there is no similar team for patients with PIs outside the SCI unit. This pilot study aims to determine whether such an interdisciplinary team improves care coordination among practitioners...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Paul John Wallace, Ryan Greysen
We read with interest the recent contribution by Collins and colleagues[1] identifying high priority areas for future research in acute heart failure (AHF). We agree that a coordinated, multi- disciplinary approach to designing, implementing and funding future research is necessary if we hope to advance a field that has resisted change for 40 years. The role of ED physicians and cardiologists in the care of AHF cannot be underestimated, but the majority of patients with AHF are cared for by hospitalists and we believe that there is much to be gained by engaging hospitalists and other inpatient providers in this process...
March 5, 2018: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Michelle Boltz, Norma G Cuellar, Casey Cole, Brent Pistorese
Introduction Since 2010, more than 75 rural hospitals have closed in the USA and more than one-third are at risk of closure due to lower patient volumes, lower funding levels, decreased hospital revenue and lower physician employment pools. Telemedicine can provide new models of care delivery that maintain quality and reduce cost of healthcare in rural populations. The purpose of this project was to evaluate a cross-organizational pilot program by comparing a NP/telemedicine physician hospitalist programme with a traditional physician hospitalist model to assess effects on length of patient stay, mortality rates, readmission rate, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) ratings of provider communication, and total hospital costs...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Julia Schoen, Vineet Chopra
While often unseen and infrequently discussed, the environmental impact of hospital systems and healthcare providers is substantial. However, some US hospitals and healthcare systems have developed innovative approaches to reduce their environmental impact while reducing costs. In this perspective, we discuss how hospitalists may support ongoing environmental efforts through education and awareness, measurement and amelioration, public reporting, and individual actions. Given the extent of healthcare's impact on the environment, the benefits of interventions, and the link between hospitalists and hospitals, We must minimize the harm we do...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Benji K Mathews, Kreegan Reierson, Khuong Vuong, Ankit Mehta, Paula Miller, Seth Koenig, Mangala Narasimhan
BACKGROUND: Literature supports the use of point-ofcare ultrasound performed by the treating hospitalist in the diagnosis of common diseases. There is no consensus on the training paradigm or the evaluation of skill retention for hospitalists. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness of a comprehensive bedside ultrasound training program with postcourse competency assessments for hospitalists. DESIGN: A retrospective report of a training program with 53 hospitalists...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Corinne M Hohl, Serena S Small, David Peddie, Katherin Badke, Chantelle Bailey, Ellen Balka
BACKGROUND: Adverse drug events are unintended and harmful events related to medications. Adverse drug events are important for patient care, quality improvement, drug safety research, and postmarketing surveillance, but they are vastly underreported. OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to identify barriers to adverse drug event documentation and factors contributing to underreporting. METHODS: This qualitative study was conducted in 1 ambulatory center, and the emergency departments and inpatient wards of 3 acute care hospitals in British Columbia between March 2014 and December 2016...
February 27, 2018: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
Lauren N Ko, Daniela Kroshinsky
BACKGROUND: Although considered an outpatient specialty, dermatology plays an important role in inpatient medicine. We characterized the activity and structure of dermatology consultation services in select U.S. hospitals. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, a 31-question survey was distributed in person to 32 board-certified dermatologists at the 2017 Society of Dermatology Hospitalists meeting. RESULTS: Thirty participants completed the survey (yield 93...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Jessica H Hannick, William Adams, Jasmin Sandhu, Stephanie Kliethermes, Daniel J Mazur, Joshua J Meeks, Sabine Sobek, Christopher L Coogan, Aliyah Sadaf, Marcus L Quek, Elizabeth Schulwolf
Background/Aims: The morbidity of radical cystectomy remains high. A multidisciplinary approach utilizing hospitalist comanagement may improve outcomes. It is unclear what factors should be considered to determine which patients might benefit from this approach. We sought to determine if there are differences between the perceived need for co-management between urologists and hospitalists. Preoperative variables were analyzed to determine which factors might be associated with need for comanagement...
November 2017: Current Urology
David H Wesorick, Vineet Chopra
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February 20, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
Paul J Grant, Kim A Eagle
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February 20, 2018: Annals of Internal Medicine
Jing Li, Preetham Talari, Andrew Kelly, Barbara Latham, Sherri Dotson, Kim Manning, Lisa Thornsberry, Colleen Swartz, Mark V Williams
BACKGROUND: Despite recommendations and the need to accelerate redesign of delivery models to be team-based and patient-centred, professional silos and cultural and structural barriers that inhibit working together and communicating effectively still predominate in the hospital setting. Aiming to improve team-based rounding, we developed, implemented and evaluated the Interprofessional Teamwork Innovation Model (ITIM). METHODS: This quality improvement (QI) study was conducted at an academic medical centre...
February 14, 2018: BMJ Quality & Safety
Karli Edholm, Polina Kukhareva, Claire Ciarkowski, Jason Carr, David Gill, Austin Rupp, Jack Morshedzadeh, Nathan Wanner, Kensaku Kawamoto
BACKGROUND: Unnecessary telemetry monitoring contributes to healthcare waste. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of 2 interventions to reduce telemetry utilization. DESIGN, SETTING, PATIENTS: A 2-group retrospective, observational pre- to postintervention study of 35,871 nonintensive care unit (ICU) patients admitted to 1 academic medical center. INTERVENTION: On the hospitalist service, we implemented a telemetry reduction intervention including education, process change, routine feedback, and a financial incentive between January 2015 and June 2015...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
Venkataraman Palabindala, Sohail Abdul Salim
Hospitalists, known as physicians, are an emerging group in the medical field that is focused on the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Specializing in hospital medicine, they often attract a mix of appreciation and criticism. In the present manuscript, we review the pros and cons of a hospitalist in the health-care system. Although experts agree that hospitalists add value to the health-care system by reducing costs, streamlining administrative processes, and contributing to improved health-care outcomes, there is a large degree of disagreement regarding the extent of hospitalist contribution to overall improvements on health-care outcomes...
2018: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Russell Fung, Jensen Hart Hyde, Mike Davis
The process of admitting patients from the emergency department (ED) to an academic internal medicine (AIM) service in a community teaching hospital is one fraught with variability and disorder. This results in an inconsistent volume of patients admitted to academic versus private hospitalist services and results in frustration of both ED and AIM clinicians. We postulated that implementation of a mobile application (app) would improve provider satisfaction and increase admissions to the academic service. The app was designed and implemented to be easily accessible to ED physicians, regularly updated by academic residents on call, and a real-time source of the number of open AIM admission spots...
2018: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
A Westwood
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February 1, 2018: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Ethan Cumbler, Patrick Rendón, Essey Yirdaw, Patrick Kneeland, Read Pierce, Christine D Jones, Carrie Herzke
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February 8, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Alice E Barsoumian, Joshua D Hartzell, Erin M Bonura, Roseanne A Ressner, Timothy J Whitman, Heather C Yun
Introduction: Nationally, the number of internal medicine physicians practicing in primary care has decreased amidst increasing interest in hospitalist medicine. Current priorities in the Military Health System include access to primary care and retention of trained personnel. Recently, we have conducted a study of military internal medicine residents' decision to enter infectious disease. As part of our larger effort, we saw an opportunity to characterize factors impacting decision making of internal medicine residents' desire to apply for subspecialty training and to extend active duty service obligations...
February 6, 2018: Military Medicine
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