Hospital Medicine March 2014 - Hospital Medicine Alert - Mar 01, 2014

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
Assistant Professor,
University of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle, WA

Deborah J. DeWaay, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor,
Medical University of South Carolina,
Charleston, SC

Jeffrey Zimmet, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of California,
San Francisco,
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory,
San Francisco VA Medical Center

Michael H. Crawford, MD
Professor of Medicine, Chief of Clinical Cardiology,
University of California, San Francisco

Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean's Distinguished Professor of Symptom Management Research,
The Ohio State University,
College of Nursing


  • Not All Patients with Acute, Uncomplicated Diverticulitis Require Hospitalization
  • Disparities in Hospital Transfers: Not What You Would Expect
  • Inpatient STEMIs: Are They as Complicated as They Seem?
  • Endocarditis Outcomes in the Elderly
  • A Worldwide Assessment of Procedure-Related Pain Intensity and Distress in ICU Patients


  • 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 John H. Choe, MD, MPH, executive editor Russ Underwood, and associate managing editor Jill Drachenberg have no relevant financial relationship related to the material presented in this issue.

Authors Jennifer A. Best, MD, Deborah J. DeWaay, MD, FACP, Jeffrey Zimmet, MD, PhD, and Michael H. Crawford, MD report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

Author Linda L. Chlan, RN, PhD, FAAN reports that she receives grant/research support from Hospira.

Author Dr. Weiss is a scientific advisory board member for Bionovo

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