Hospital Medicine December 2013 - Hospital Medicine Alert - Dec 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

Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD, FACP
Professor of Medicine,
University of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle, WA

Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD
Professor of Medicine,
Chief, Cardiac Electrophysiology,
University of California,
San Francisco

Andrew J. Boyle, MBBS, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Interventional Cardiology,
University of California,
San Francisco

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

Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP
Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine,
Stanford University,
Division of Infectious Diseases,
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


  • Is Written Sign-Out Sufficient for Attending Hospitalists?
  • Is Cardioversion After Acute Atrial Fibrillation Safe Without Anticoagulation?
  • Dabigatran Not Safe For Prosthetic Heart Valves
  • C. diff Transmission: It's Complicated
  • ID Consultants Lower Mortality and Cost of Hospital Stay


  • 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.

Authors Kenneth P. Steinberg, MD, FACP, Andrew J. Boyle, MBBS, PhD, and Richard R. Watkins, MD, MS, FACP report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Edward P. Gerstenfeld, MD does research for Biosense Webster, Medtronic, and Rhythmia Medical.

Carol A. Kemper, MD, FACP does research for Abbott Laboratories and Merck