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Many patients not receiving statins after lower-extremity revascularization

A new study in JAMA Network Open analyzed data from more than 125,000 patients who received lower-extremity revascularization between 2014 and 2019.

Panel finds widespread inappropriate use of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals

In the United States, 77% of all UTIs and 79% of all community acquired pneumonias (CAP) are treated inappropriately in the hospital setting, according to an expert panel convened by the Pew Charitable Trust in 2018 to evaluate antibiotic use in hospitals. The panel’s findings, which were published in a March 18, 2021, report, revealed that fluoroquinolones were used inappropriately 47% of the time, and vancomycin was used inappropriately 27% of the time.

Dexamethasone appears safe in preventing postsurgery nausea

Although dexamethasone is often used to prevent nausea and vomiting after surgery, concerns have been raised that it may increase the risk of surgical-site infection. A new study from researchers in New Zealand and Australia published on May 6 in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that dexamethasone was noninferior to placebo in the incidence of surgical-site infection within 30 days after nonurgent, noncardiac surgery.  

FDA revokes bamlanivimab authorization

FDA said on April 16 that it is revoking the emergency use authorization (EUA) for bamlanivimab—when administered alone—to be used for treatment of mild to moderate COVID-19 in adults and certain pediatric patients. 

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