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Use of Procalcitonin (PCT) in Patients Presenting with Overlapping Symptom

B·R·A·H·M·S PCT is an invaluable marker to help assess presence or absence of a bacterial infection and can be used as an aid in antibiotic therapy for patients with suspected or confirmed LRTI. This webinar reviews the utility of PCT in the emergency department or inpatient hospital settings, and describes perspectives of three different clinicians and their approach to implementing this biomarker in clinical practice.

Learning objectives:

• Use PCT to distinguish CHF from pneumonia in patients with dyspnea• Apply PCT to clinical decision making guiding antibiotic use for patients with acute exacerbations of COPD• Compare high yield applications of PCT in different hospital settings (ED and inpatient wards).

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Coding

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What’s your payer mix?

March 2020
BACK IN JANUARY, I wrote a cautionary column about the various financial pressures squeezing hospitals ("Stress test on economic trends" ). I'm continuing the...

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Compensation

Bull market for hospitalist compensation

Is the bull market for compensation over?

November 2019
HOSPITALISTS HAVE GROWN used to continual and dramatic pay raises. A decade ago, for instance, mean hospitalist compensation hovered around $200,000, while today it's...

On the Wards

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Cut back on antibiotics in pneumonia inpatients

September 2019
A GROWING NUMBER of randomized trials and systematic reviews continues to confirm that "shorter is better" when it comes to treating pneumonia with antibiotics,...

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Clinical

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C. diff walks into a hospital …

March 2020
HOSPITALS CONTINUE to marshal resources to control patients with symptomatic C. difficile, using contact precautions with gowns and gloves along with scrupulous hand hygiene...
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Note bloat: problems with cut and paste

March 2020
AS MEDICAL DIRECTOR of the hospitalist program at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, Wis., Steven Phillipson, MD, has long known that note bloat and...

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Communication skills mitigate conflict

March 2020
MS. SMITH is a 35-year-old admitted overnight with the very painful skin condition hidradenitis suppurativa. You're meeting her for the first time, and you've...

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What’s your payer mix?

March 2020
BACK IN JANUARY, I wrote a cautionary column about the various financial pressures squeezing hospitals ("Stress test on economic trends" ). I'm continuing the...

Satisfaction/Burnout

A look at hospitalist job satisfaction

October 2019
HOW SATISFIED are hospitalists with their careers? According to data from the 2018 Today’s Hospitalist Compensation & Career Survey, 84% of hospitalists say they’re...