In this single-institution point-prevalence culture survey, researchers found contamination with Cdiff in 16% on non-isolation rooms, 31% of physician work areas, 10% of nurses work areas, and 21% of portable pieces of equipment. Although this was in the setting of a Cdiff outbreak, it reminds us that Cdiff spores are environmentally hearty, and that handwashing before and after EVERY patient contact is absolutely essential! (abstract)
This large systematic review found rectal NSAIDs significantly reduced the risk of post-ERCP pancreatitis compared to pancreatic duct stents (abstract).
This large population-based cohort found the most common causes of drug induced liver injury to be augmentin and diclofenac, followed by herbal and nutritional supplements (abstract).
This large trial of patients with a relative contraindication for enteral feeds were randomized to early TPN or usual care. There were no differences in the groups in 60 day mortality or LOS, but those on TPN did have a shorter time ventilated and less muscle/fat loss. It is unclear based on this trial if […]