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Hospital Medicine

Research    Hospital Medicine    Grant    Hospitalists

Inter-Hospital Transfers Can Go Wrong for Patients. Amy Yu, MD, Wants to Change That.

What happens to patients when they’re transferred from one hospital to another has not been well studied, and national guidelines to standardize transfer procedures are lacking, says a University of Colorado Department of Medicine faculty member and hospitalist. But what is known about inter-hospital transfers is troubling enough: Patients moved between acute-care hospitals often experience worse clinical outcomes and higher costs than other patients with similar conditions.

Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 20, 2024
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Clinical    Hospital Medicine    Hospitalists

What Are Hospitalists? And What Value Do They Bring to Health Care?

While hospitals have been around for centuries, hospitalists – hospital-based physicians and other practitioners – are far more recent. In fact, the term “hospitalist” wasn’t coined until 1996 in a New England Journal of Medicine paper.

Author Mark Harden | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Worker Health    Hospital Medicine

At a Hospital, a Satisfied Workforce Can Mean Better Outcomes for Patients

Clinical teams at hospitals do what often seems like superhuman work for patients. But those teams are made up of humans just like the rest of us, dealing with familiar workplace issues, like heavy workload, long hours, stress, burnout, and turnover of experienced staff.

Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 25, 2024
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Infectious disease    Hospital Medicine    Outpatient Care

Diving Into Hospital Discharge Details Enhances Safety for Infectious Disease Patients

A pair of University of Colorado Department of Medicine faculty members, seeking to enhance patient safety, led an effort to improve the accuracy of hospital discharge orders for patients who need intravenous antibiotics.

Author Mark Harden | Publish Date April 09, 2024
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Patient Care    Hospital Medicine

Q&A: CU Department of Medicine Doctor Discusses Unintended Consequences of Patients Having Immediate Access to Test Results

In a fast-paced digital age where patients can open their test results as soon as they are available, what happens when a patient reads through complicated results without a physician there to help them understand what it all means? And what happens when a patient misinterprets bad news as good news, or vice versa?

Author Tayler Shaw | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Research    Latino Health    Hospital Medicine    Dialysis

CU Department of Medicine Professor to be Inducted into National Honor Society for Researchers

University of Colorado Department of Medicine faculty member Lilia Cervantes, MD, MSCS, has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a 116-year-old medical honor society of physician-scientists. She's one of just 100 new members elected for 2024 out of 302 nominations.

Author Mark Harden | Publish Date January 29, 2024
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The New York Times

F.D.A. Warns Against ‘Microdosing’ Mushroom Chocolate Bars

news outletThe New York Times
Publish DateJune 10, 2024

At least 12 people in eight states have fallen ill after eating Diamond Shruumz-brand Microdosing Chocolate Bars and other mushroom edibles, including several who had seizures or lost consciousness and needed to be placed on ventilators. People also developed high blood pressure and abnormal heart rates.

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Brain-Protected TAVR Results in Fewer Real-World Disabling Strokes

news outletTCTMD
Publish DateJune 05, 2024

This reduction in disabling stroke in the real world was supported by a secondary analysis using propensity score weighting (OR 0.79, 95% CI 0.70-0.90), reported Neel Butala, of Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, both in Aurora.

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News Medical

STew: A new method for unveiling the spatial fingerprint of diseases

news outletNews Medical
Publish DateJune 04, 2024

In disease research, it's important to know gene expression and where in a tissue the expression is happening, but marrying the two sets of information can be challenging.

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Everyday Health

Statins Reduce Heart Disease Risk in Adults Age 75 and Up

news outletEveryday Health
Publish DateJune 04, 2024

For decades, doctors have prescribed statins as an effective, safe, and low-cost medication for lowering cholesterol and decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke, or other life-threatening heart problems.

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