Klompas et al evaluate the impact of routine oral care with chlorhexidine gluconate on patient-centered outcomes in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation. Bonten provides an Invited Commentary.
This study describes the characteristics, angiographic findings, and treatment patterns of patients with stable angina symptoms undergoing cardiac catheterization and/or percutaneous coronary intervention before noncardiac surgery in a large national registry.
This systematic review assessed the safety and procedural success of the Lariat device, and the investigators found significant risks of major adverse events with off-label use for left atrial appendage exclusion.
This matched-cohort study evaluates the risk of cataract in the population undergoing percutaneous cardiac intervention procedures.
This cohort study notes an increased risk of bleeding in patients receiving bridge therapy during warfarin interruption for invasive procedures.
This study investigated changes in colonoscopy-related spending and complications before and after institution of an insurer policy that forced cost sharing for use of higher-priced services.
The earliest safe withdrawal of sedation and mechanical ventilation leads to reduced risk of complications, reduced ICU and hospital stay, as well as reduced costs and utilization of resources.
Safavi et al characterize hospital variation in use of noninvasive cardiac imaging and the association of imaging use with downstream testing, interventions, and outcomes. Amsterdam and Aman provide an Invited Commentary, and Redberg provides an Editor’s Note.