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Hospital Medicine 

Hospital Medicine
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Hospital Medicine
Author(s):

Majid Shafiq

, Neel B. Shah

, and James S. Newman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199948949.003.0054
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date: 17 January 2020

Technologic advancements and other innovative efforts to improve the quality of hospital-based care have resulted in large, complicated networks of personnel, information systems, devices, medications, and countless other resources. In parallel with these changes, the medical acuity of the typical hospitalized patient has increased. The field of hospital medicine emerged in response to this combination of increasing hospital complexity, patient acuity, and professional demands. This chapter has five goals: recognize the signs of alcohol withdrawal, recognize the importance of medication reconciliation, understand nutritional assessment and replacement in hospitalized patients, discern complications that are commonly associated with hospitalization and surgery and comprehend the importance of patient satisfaction and quality improvement.

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