Reid and coauthors report on the association between Medicare advantage plan star ratings and enrollment. In an accompanying Editorial, Hoadley discusses performance ratings and plan selection by medicare beneficiaries.
Complex viral, bacterial, and host factors contribute to the pathogenesis and treatment of bacterial coinfection of influenza. Chertow and Memoli present a case of 2009 pandemic influenza A(H1N1) and staphylococcal coinfection and discuss an approach to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of severe coinfection.
In a randomized trial, Reignier and coauthors assess the risk that ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is not increased when residual gastric volume is not monitored vs routine monitoring in 452 patients receiving invasive mechanical ventilation and early enteral nutrition. In an Editorial, Rice discusses enteral feeding in critically ill patients.
Hasegawa and coauthors conducted a prospective population-based study in Japan to test whether prehospital advanced airway management was associated with favorable outcome in 649 359 patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. In an editorial, Wang and Yealy discuss managing the airway in cardiac arrest.