In this single center retrospective cohort, 70% of general medical patients were on acid suppressive therapy during their hospital stay, of which 73% were considered unwarranted. Of those inappropriately started, 63% of them were also discharged home on acid suppressive therapy. Overuse of acid suppressive medications is commonplace during hospitalization and at the time of discharge (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.