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Expertly manage the most common diseases and conditions encountered in hospital medicine!

"Practical books such as this one take a giant step to bringing together the current body of usable knowledge to help hospitalists succeed....Hospitalists need to rely on books like this one for up to date information."--Laurence D. Wellikson, MD, FACP, CEO, Society of Hospital Medicine (from the foreword)

This concise yet comprehensive review is the perfect tool to prepare for certification, re-certification, and CME--or for use as a clinical refresher. Featuring expert insights, its highly efficient format conveniently condenses and simplifies must-know content for maximum yield and minimum time.


• Ideal for both specialists and generalists who manage subspecialty care in the increasingly complex hospital environment

• Complete, A-to-Z overview of all diseases and disorders commonly seen by hospitalists

• Expert, up-to-date coverage of unique, need-to-know concepts in hospital medicine--including key clinical, organizational, and administrative issues

• Practical coverage of the most common diagnostic-related groups in hospital-based health care

• An incisive look at patient safety that helps you ensure optimal care

• Logically organized, easy-to-follow chapters help focus your study and provide rapid access to specific subjects

  • • Includes coverage of key organizational and administrative issues

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: Although the title of this book suggests it conveys "just the facts" of hospital medicine, it appears to be as much attuned to administering a hospitalist group practice as providing inpatient-level medical care. Numerous articles cover various topics with tables and figures along with corresponding descriptions.
Purpose: The foreword gives a brief description of the state of the hospitalist movement in American medicine and somewhat of a justification for this book. The list of contributors is quite extensive.
Audience: This is a book for someone fairly well versed in inpatient medicine who is considering becoming a hospitalist. It emphasizes the interaction in the multidisciplinary nature of inpatient care, and the great number of contributors helps to bring all specialties into the discussion.
Features: I was surprised by the number of pages (specifically the first 100 and last 20) dedicated to the nonclinical aspects of being a hospitalist. Many of the topics in the administrative sections relate to such aspects as the quality movement in medicine, leadership, and management techniques and styles. This is followed by the core competencies for those practicing as hospitalists. Many of these topics are redundant, e.g. chest pain, suspected angina, and acute coronary syndromes cover similar ground. Subsequent editions could be improved by editing to avoid such overlap.
Assessment: Perhaps future editions will hone the material and define whether the book will be clinically or administratively oriented.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071463959
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/9/2008
  • Series: Just The Facts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Sales rank: 710,916
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia C. McKean, MD, FACP, Medical Director, Brigham and Women's Academic Hospitalist Service; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Adrienne L. Bennett, MD, PhD, Director, Division of Hospital Medicine; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH

Lakshmi K. Halasyamani, MD, Vice President, Quality and Systems Improvement, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, MI

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Table of Contents

1. Hospital Medicine in the United States: Growth, Prevalence, and Challenges, Winthrop F. Whitcomb
2. The Role of the Hospitalist as Defined in the Core Competencies in Hospital Medicine, Daniel D. Dressler
3. Innovative New Roles in the Hospital, Lance Rachelefsky and Sylvia C. McKean
4. General Overview of Patient Safety, Sylvia C. McKean and Allan Frankel
5. Adverse Drug Events, Frank Federico
6. Medication Discrepancies and Medication Reconciliation, Jeffrey L. Schnipper
7. Polypharmacy, Jatin K. Dave and Juergen Bludau
8. Patient Safety: Preventing and Responding to Adverse Events, Allen Kachalia and Tejal K. Gandhi
9. Quality Improvement for the Hospitalist, Lakshmi K. Halasyamani and Erin R. Stucky
10. Management for Hospitalists, Michael Friedlander and Mohammad Salameh
11. Principles of Good Teamwork, Janet Nagamine
12. Strategies to Optimize Length of Stay, Kathleen M. Finn
13. Handoffs, Vineet Arora and Julie Johnson
14. Discharge Summaries, Marcy G. Carty and Namita s. Mohta
15. Patient Education in the Hospital, Marie Neaton
16. Managing Test Results at Hospital Discharge, Christopher L. Roy
17. An Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine, Eduardo Ortiz
18. Evidence-Based Medicine—Testing, Sylvia C. McKean and Eduardo Ortiz
19. the Growing Importance of Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Managing Hospitalized Patients, Jerome Lewis Avorn20. Hospitalist as Researcher, LeRoi Hicks
Cardiovascular Illness
21. Chest Pain, Timothy D. Brennan
22. Suspected Angina, Aaron S. Wenger
23. Acute Coronary Syndromes, Hacho Bohossian
24. Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Apoor Patel
25. Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter, Robert D. Winslow
26. Supreventricular Tachycardia, Mara Giattina
27. Sinus Bradycardia and Atrioventricular Blocks, Apoor Patel
28. Ventricular Arrhythmias, Beth Liston
29. Heart Failure due to Diastolic Dysfunction, Colleen M. Crumlish and James C. Fang
30. Heart Failure due to Systolic Dysfunction, Colleen M. Crumlish and James C. Fang
31. Syncope, Daniel W. Mudrick
32. Hypertensive Urgencies/Emergencies, Renee Y. Meadows
33. Secondary Hypertension, Renee Y. Meadows
Endocrine Disorders
34. Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemia, Mohannad Salameh
35. Hyperglycimia in the Critical Care Unit, A. Rebecca Daniel
36. Hyperglycemia in Noncritically-Ill Hospitalized Patients, Aditi R. Saxena and Merri L. Pendergrass
37. Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism, Rachael Fawcett and Erik K. Alexander
Gastrointestinal Illness
38. Abdominal Pain, Norton J. Greenberger
39. Abnormal Liver Enzymes and Acute Hepatitis, Mary Ann H. Sherbondy
40. Cirrhosis, Thomas M. Shehab
41. Colitis and Diarrhea, Including Clostridium difficile, Marvin Ryou
42. Crohn's Disease, Jonathan Levine and Robert Burakoff
43. Ulcerative Colitis, Scott Hande and Robert Burakoff
44. Diverticular Disease and Diverticulitis, Norton J. Greenberger
45. Pancreatitis, Eric R. Schumacher
46. Small Bowel Obstruction, Lynn Wilkinson
47. Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Naresh T. Gunaratnam
48. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Naresh T. Gunaratnam
Hematological Derangements
50. Sickle Cell Disease, Andrew D. Campbell
51. Thrombocytopenia, Rovie Mesola
52. Transfusion Medicine, Susan Coutinho McAllister, Eric Kupersmith, and Alpesh Amin
Infectious Diseases
53. Fever of Unknown Origin, David Oxman and Harry Schrager
54. Bacterial Endocarditis, John J. Ross
55. Community- and Hospital-Acquired UTI, John J. Ross
56. Hospital-Acquired Bacteremia, Danielle Scheurer
57. Influenza, John J. Ross
58. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections, Ranjan Chowdhry and Harry M. Schrager
59. Viral Gastroenteritis, Harry Schrager
60. Antibiotic Resistance, John J. Ross
Neurologic Illness
61. Confusion: Examination and Differential Diagnosis, Zeina Chemali
62. Delirium, Jatin K. Dave, Colleen M. Crumlish, and James Rudolph
63. Ischemic Stroke/Transient Ischemic Attacks, Susan L. Hickenbottom
64. Cerebral Hemorrhage, Galen V. Henderson
65. Meningitis/Encephalitis, Susan L. Hickenbottom
66. Seizure, Susan L. Hickenbottom
Psychiatric Illness
67. Assessing Capacity for Medical Decision Making, David F. Gitlin and Ajita Mathur
68. Behavioral Disturbances That Interfere with Medical Care, Michelle Nichols
69. Drug Overdose, A. Rebecca Daniel
70. Management of Patients with Alcohol Abuse, Sylvia C. McKean
71. Management of Patients with Drug Abuse, Mohammad Salameh
72. Management of Suicidal Patients, Christine K. Kim, Meghan Kolodziej, and David F. Gitlin
Pulmonary Illness/Critical Care Medicine
73. Shortness of Breath, Andrew S. Karson and Sylvia C. McKean74. Asthma, Andrew S. Karson
75. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Andrew S. Karson
76. Acute Respiratory Failure, Abigail R. Lara and William J. Janssen
77. Community-Acquired Pneumonia, Adrienne L. Bennett
78. Hospital-Acquired, Ventilator-Associated and Healthcare-Acquired Pneumonia, Nathan J. O'Dorisio
79. Complications of Pneumonia, Karen Catignani
80. Sepsis and Septic Shock, William J. Janssen
81. Ventilatory Support, Joshua J. Solomon, Ryan McGhan, and William J. Janssen
Renal Illness
82. Prevention of Acute Renal Failure in the Hospital, Glen M. Kim
83. Acute Renal Failure, Prabhdeep Sandhu and Adam C. Schaffer
84. Chronic Kidney Disease, Li-Li Hsiao and Valerie Luyckx
85. Care of the Hospitalized Dialysis Patient, J. Kevin Tucker
86. Acid-Base Disorders, David V. Gugliotti
87A. Disorders of Sodium and Water, Kambiz Zandi-Nejad and Chin C. Tang
87B. Disorders of Potassium, Kambiz-Zandi-Nejad and Chin C. Tang
Venous Thromboembolism
88. Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Medical and Surgical Patients, Sylvia C. McKean
89. Venous Thromboembolism, Amir Jaffer and Franklin Michota
90. Anticoagulant Therapies, Rosalyn M. Nazaria and Michael Laposata
91. Deconditioning, Joanne Borg-Stein and Claudia Wheeler
92. Nutrition and the Hospitalized Patient, Vihas Patel and Malcolm K. Robinson
93. Pain Management, Darin J. Correll
94. Palliative Care: Overview and Symptom Management, Jane deLima Thomas and David F. Giansiracusa
95. Palliative Care: Caring for the Dying Patient, David F. Giansiracusa and Jane deLima Thomas
96. Palliative Care: Communication, David F. Giansiracusa and Jane DeLima Thomas
97. Care of Vulnerable Populations, Cheryl Clark
98. Inpatient Care of the Frail Older Adult, Anne Fabiny
99. Oncologic Emergencies for the Hospitalist, Rundsarah Tahboub
100. Skilled Nursing Facility Care, Darrell W. Craig
101. Preoperative Evaluation of the Patient Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery, Satyen S. Nichani
102. Perioperative Medication Management, Vibhu Sharma and Steven L. Cohn
103. Preoperative Screening Tests, Ali Azarm and Steven L. Cohn
104. Postoperative Complications, Danielle Scheurer and Cregg Ashcraft
105. Surgical Comanagement, Shaun Frost
106. Adult Learning Principles and Hospitalist Medicine, Grace Huang
107. Teaching Venues for the Hospitalist, Bradley A. Sharpe
108. Teaching on a Team, Cindy Lai
109. Feedback and the Hospitalist, Anjala Tess
110. Scholarship and Career Development for the Hospitalist Clinician Educator, Preetha Basaviah and Subha Ramani

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