Hospital Medicine Alert 2014-10 - Hospital Medicine Alert - Oct 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

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.

Joseph F. John, Jr., MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Associate Chief of Staff for Education,

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

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

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

Matthew E. Fink, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology,
Weill Cornell Medical College, and Neurologist-in-Chief,
New York Presbyterian Hospital


  • Pagers Versus Smartphones
  • Reduced ICU Bed Availability is Associated with Worse Outcomes on the General Wards
  • Colchicine for Recurrent Pericarditis
  • Tissue Plasminogen Activator and Acute Ischemic Stroke Reviewed
  • Should Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure be Extubated at Night?


  • 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 Richard R. Watkins, MD,  Deborah J. DeWaay, MD,  and Jennifer A. Best, MD report no financial relationships relevant to this field of study.

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

Matthew E. Fink, MD is a retained consultant for Procter & Gamble.

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