In this large retrospective analysis from 2 tertiary care academic medical centers, 7% of patients were exposed to >4 grams/day of acetaminophen; of those >age 65 or with chronic liver disease, 18% exceeded the recommended dose of 3 grams/day. Hospitalists need to be mindful of acetaminophen dosing in hospitalized patients, especially those with chronic liver disease or > age 65 (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.