Tuesday, April 07, 2009

What is the optimal role for hospitalists in the care of surgical patients?

The jury is still out. Options range from consulting hospitalists only when medical complications occur to a broad net of comanagement of all patients. Another approach is to screen for high risk patients who stand to benefit most. A hospitalist group from the University of Chicago Medical Center presented their data on this approach at the 2009 Cleveland Clinic Perioperative Medicine Summit.

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