An Electronic Health Record-Based Severe Sepsis Alert to Improve Sepsis Treatment Performance: Randomized Evaluation

Background: Sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock combined, are estimated to affect between 650,000 and 750,000 Americans annually, and has an associated mortality rate between 20 to 50%.  Early identification of patients with sepsis is [...]

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Association of Hospital Admission Service Structure with Early Transfer to Critical Care, Hospital Readmission, and Length of Stay

Background: Hospital medical groups use various staffing models which systematically affect care continuity during the admission process. Our service changed models of care from a "general model", where hospitalists who perform hospital rounds and discharges [...]

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Blind Sided: Missing Poor Visual Acuity and Decreased Self-Efficacy in Hospitalized Patients with Diabetes

Background: One in five hospitalized patients has diabetes. Despite guideline recommendations for regular outpatient vision care, studies show gaps in outpatient vision assessments. The hospital setting may be an opportunity to identify patients with diabetes [...]

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Comparison of Time-Trends in Patient Satisfaction Between Teaching and Nonteaching Hospital

Background:   The overall national patient satisfaction scores have improved since the HCAHPS reporting began. However, it is unknown whether the improvement trends are different between teaching and non-teaching hospitals. Therefore, our objective was to [...]

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Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Stemi Patients with and Without Chronic Kidney Disease

Background: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is associated with adverse outcomes; however, there is scarce data comparing clinical outcomes of post-PCI CIN in STEMI patients with and without chronic kidney disease (CKD). [...]

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Detecting Sepsis: Are Two Opinions Better Than One?

Background: Early diagnosis and treatment of sepsis improves patient outcomes. Diagnosis requires an objective component (currently at least two Systemic Inflammatory Response Criteria, SIRS) and a subjective, clinical suspicion of infection.  While much attention has [...]

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Impact of Hospital Teaching Status on Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes and Resource Utilization in the United States: 2000-2012

Background:  Teaching status has often been studied as a potential systems-level variable associated with patient outcomes; however, limited information regarding the relationship between out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) outcomes and teaching status exist. Methods: Using the [...]

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Limiting the Number of Lumens in Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Cost: A Simulation Study

Background: The number of peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lumens has been associated with thrombotic and infectious complications. Policies that limit use of multi-lumen PICCs may improve safety and reduce cost. In this simulation-based study, [...]

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Prevalence and Predictors of Non-Adherence to Breast Cancer Screening: Perspective and Preferences of Hospitalized Women

Background: Disparities in screening mammography use persist among low-income women, even those who are insured, despite the proven mortality benefit. We evaluated the prevalence of breast cancer screening non-adherence among hospitalized women and their receptivity [...]

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R-Va-Marquis: Implementing Best Practices in Medication Reconciliation for Rural Veterans

Background: High-quality medication reconciliation is key to reducing medication errors during care transitions. This concept is of paramount importance to Veterans living in rural areas due to less access to clinical pharmacy services. We adapted [...]

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Regional Variation in Resources Utilization and Outcomes Following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States

Background: Regional differences in health care strategies, resource utilization and outcomes following Out-of-Hospital Cardiac arrest are not well studied. These differences may have significant implications on optimizing health care delivery and allocating expensive resources. Methods: [...]

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Reinitiation of Antithrombotic Therapy After Emergency Procedures or After an Emergent Bleeding Event: Additional Interim Experience from the Re-Verse Ad Trial

Background: Oral anticoagulation is effective for reduction of risk for stroke and systemic embolism in patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, but there may be uncertainty about how to manage anticoagulation in and following an emergency [...]

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Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Background: Current guidelines and most experts recommend pharmacologic venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis for patients hospitalized with an acute inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) exacerbation.  Quality measures of physician performance further expand this mandate to include patients [...]

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Saving Time: A Time-Motion Analysis of the Impact of Regionalization and Daily Admitting on Intern Workflow

Background: Regionalization of medical teams has the potential to improve interdisciplinary communication and efficiency but this must outweigh any logistical downsides and resource requirements. For example, full regionalization must be paired with some method of [...]

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