Procedures, Hospital

May 1, 2019 Issue
Interventional Radiology: Indications and Best Practices [Article]

Interventional radiology employs image guidance to perform diagnostic and treatment procedures. Interventional radiology techniques are effective, lower-risk alternatives to surgery for central venous catheter and port placement; for managing many sources of hemorrhage; and for some vascular interventions. Interventional radiology is also being used in cancer treatment, such as for targeted chemotherapy or radiation therapy and for pain control in patients with skeletal metastases.

May 1, 2014 Issue
Transitions of Care: Optimizing the Handoff from Hospital-Based Teams to Primary Care Physicians [Editorials]

Caring for hospitalized patients and arranging their discharge plans have become increasingly complex. Primary care physicians should have a prominent role in the transition of their hospitalized patients.

Mar 15, 2010 Issue
Beta Blockers and Noncardiac Surgery: Why the POISE Study Alone Should Not Change Your Practice [AFP Journal Club]

Should we stop using beta blockers to prevent myocardial infarction in persons undergoing noncardiac surgery? The data remain inconclusive. Although the POISE study is an important contribution to the literature, it uses a protocol that is unrealistic and should not change current practice.

Aug 1, 2008 Issue
Ethical Considerations of Patients with Pacemakers [Curbside Consultation]

Modern medicine has increasingly become infused with technology intended to extend a person's quantity and quality of life. More than 1 million persons in the United States have implantable pacemakers and the majority of this population is older than 65 years.

Mar 1, 2008 Issue
Interventions to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing Practices for Hospital Inpatients [Cochrane for Clinicians]

The choice of antibiotic, timing, dosage and route of administration in hospitalized patients can be improved through educational (persuasive) and restrictive measures. Although both types of interventions are effective, based on heterogeneous studies, restrictive measures appear to make a more significant change in antibiotic prescribing patterns.

May 15, 2007 Issue
Predicting Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting [Point-of-Care Guides]

Postoperative nausea and vomiting are uncomfortable for patients, can prolong hospitalization, and can lead to more serious complications, including aspiration pneumonia.

Feb 1, 2006 Issue
CDC Recommendations to Reduce Central Line Infections [Practice Guidelines]

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report detailing interventions to help prevent central line bloodstream infections in hospitals.

Sep 1, 2005 Issue
AHA Scientific Statement on Off-Pump vs. On-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting [Practice Guidelines]

A scientific statement on the effectiveness of off-pump versus on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) for myocardial revascularization has been released by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Nov 15, 2004 Issue
Prognosis for Patients Undergoing Coronary Angioplasty [Point-of-Care Guides]

Percutaneous coronary interventions, such as balloon angioplasty, with or without stent placement, are important in the treatment of patients with coronary artery disease.

Apr 15, 2004 Issue
Preoperative Evaluation for Noncardiac Surgery [Point-of-Care Guides]

Guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) address the preoperative evaluation of patients for noncardiac surgery.

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