Federal program aimed at reducing readmissions raises concernsA new study has shocking findings about death rates in heart failure patients enrolled in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.
M pneumoniae infection hits preschoolers hardA study of Mycoplasma pneumoniae disease during an epidemic in Norway found that preschool children infected with this bacterium had a significantly higher risk of severe disease, particularly severe pneumonia, than school-aged children.
Pneumonia drug garners favorable results in studyA treatment for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) garnered comparable results to moxifloxacin in a newly published late-phase study.
Flu vaccine could also protect from pneumoniaA new study finds that the risk for hospitalization for influenza pneumonia could be reduced through the influenza vaccine.
Beta-lactam or macrolide monotherapy for CAP?Empiric beta-lactam and macrolide monotherapy are similarly effective in outpatient management of children with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP), according to results of a multicenter retrospective study in 1164 children treated for CAP at primary care pediatric clinics in Pennsylvania.
Anticholinergic drugs linked to higher risk for pneumonia in elderlyTaking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects is associated with a significantly higher risk for developing pneumonia, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Corticosteroids recommended for severe pneumoniaBecause the use of corticosteroids in patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia is controversial, researchers in Spain set out to determine the benefits versus the pitfalls of using the adjunctive therapy.
Vaccine wars
Vaccine warsThe ongoing US measles outbreak underscores the importance of childhood vaccines—opponents of vaccination notwithstanding, say experts.
RSV linked to pneumonia in young childrenA possible link between respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae may increase the risk of bacterial pneumonia in the presence of viral infection, especially for infants, a new study indicates.
Experience Brief: Desert Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy partnering with hospital to reduce readmissions among CHF patientsDesert Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy is an independent pharmacy inside Desert Regional Medical Center, a 387-bed tertiary acute care hospital located in Palm Springs, California. Desert Regional Medical Center, which has attained the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its congestive heart failure program, has reduced readmission rates by 17% among congestive heart failure (CHF) patients through a close partnership with Desert Hospital Outpatient Pharmacy.