In this prospective cohort of 301 ICU patients who died, 77% had autopsies performed to determine the percentage with histopathologic evidence of candida pneumonia. Half of those autopsied had histopathological evidence of pneumonia, and half of those also had prior evidence of candida in lung secretions (either tracheal aspirate or BAL). None of the patients had evidence of candida pneumonia (yeast invasion in lung tissue). The isolation of candida from the lung secretions of critically ill patients rarely indicates candida pneumonia (abstract).
The question of appropriate ward garb is a problem for the ages. Compared to photo stills and films from the 1960s, the doctors of today appear like vagabonds. No ties, no lab coats, and scrub tops have become the norm for a number (a majority ?) of hospital-based docs—and even more so on the surgical […]
Prices from a chargemaster are “what a drunken billionaire would pay a hospital if his wife were not around to control the bastard.” — Uwe Reinhardt You might be asking why such an outlandish quote? Last week CMS proposed* to change the way patients see the costs of hospital bills. So what you might utter. […]
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]