Thursday, October 09, 2008

Update in hospital medicine---research findings that can change your practice

Topics referenced in a recent issue of Today’s Hospitalist include:

Predicting the operative risk in patients with end stage liver disease.

Applying a low threshold for diagnostic paracentesis to diagnose spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.

Indications for anbibiotic prophylaxis against spontaneous bacterial peritonitis.

Rifaximin as an alternative to lactulose in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy.

Chewing gum after colorectal surgery.

Magnesium improves rate and rhythm control in acute atrial fib.

D-dimer is sensitive for aortic dissection.

Oral steroids may be as good as IV in acute exacerbations of COPD.

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