This study examines whether hospitals have consistent patterns of ICU utilization across 4 common medical conditions and the association between higher use of the ICU and hospital costs, use of invasive procedures, and mortality.
This single-center review reports that retrieval of inferior vena cava filters after a prolonged dwell time has a high rate of safety and success in patients at risk for pulmonary embolism.
This Editorial discusses overuse of medical services and proposes ways to assess and reduce patterns of overuse.
This systematic review of English-language articles published in 2013 shows that both clinical trials and observational studies highlighted frequently overused or unnecessary care.
Bashir and colleagues compare in-hospital outcomes in the treatment of acute proximal deep vein thrombosis using anticoagulation plus catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) vs anticoagulation alone. They also evaluate the temporal trends in CDT utilization and outcomes in proximal DVT treatment.