Hospital Medicine August 2013 - Hospital Medicine Alert - Aug 01, 2013

Target Audience:

This activity is intended for hospitalists, intensivists and acute care clinicians.


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Credit Designation:

AHC Media designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Listing:

Physician Editor
Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD
Professor of Medicine
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program
University of Washington

Executive Editor
Russ Underwood

Managing Editor
Jill Drachenberg


Jennifer A. Best, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor,
University of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle, WA

Deborah DeWaay, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor,
Medical University of South Carolina

Barbara A. Phillips, MD, MSPH
Professor of Medicine,
University of Kentucky;
Sleep Disorder Center,
Samaritan Hospital,

Michael Young, MD
Pulmonary and Critical Care,
Wake Forest University Health Sciences Medical Center,
Winston-Salem, NC

Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP
Division of Infectious Diseases,
Akron General Medical Center,
Akron, OH;
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine,
Northeast Ohio Medical University,
Rootstown, OH.


  • Overnight Vital Signs — Are They Always Beneficial?
  • Macrolide Antibiotics May Increase the Risk of Statin Toxicity
  • Chest Pain and Dyspnea? Taking Steroids? Think PE.
  • Preventing ICU Infections: An Effective Application of An Old Public Health Strategy
  • Early use of Daptomycin Compared to Vancomycin for MRSA Bacteremia


  • discuss pertinent safety, infection control and quality improvement practices
  • explain diagnosis and treatment of acute illness in the hospital setting; and
  • discuss current data on diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for common inpatient problems.

Financial Disclosure:

Hospital Medicine Alert's physician editor, Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD, peer reviewer William Thompson, MD, executive editor Russ Underwood, and associate managing editor Jill Drachenberg have no relevant financial relationship related to the material presented in this issue.

Author Dr. Best reports no financial relationships in this field of study.

Author Dr. DeWaay reports no financial relationships in this field of study.

Author Dr. Phillips serves on the speakers bureau for PotomaCME.

Author Dr. Young reports no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Author Dr. Watkins reports no financial relationships in this field of study.