Editor's Audio Summary by Howard Bauchner, MD, Editor in Chief of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, for the October 16, 2013 issue
In a cluster randomized trial involving 20 intensive care units, Harris and coauthors compared donning gloves and gowns for all patient contact with usual care to determine whether additional precautions would reduce the number of aquistions of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus.
Cohen and colleagues compare the effect of coronary artery bypass graft surgery vs percutaneous coronary intervention using drug-eluting stents on health status among 1880 patients with diabetes mellitus and multivessel coronary artery disease between 2005 and 2010.
Puthucheary and coauthors report on acute skeletal muscle wasting in critical illness. In an accompanying Editorial, Batt and coauthors discuss muscle injury during critical illness.
To investigate the safety of metoclopramide use in pregnancy, Pasternak and coauthors conducted a register-based cohort study of 1 222 503 pregnancies in Denmark, using matched analyses to estimate risks of major congenital malformations overall as well as risks of spontaneous abortion and stillbirth.
The emergence of percutaneous revascularization for carotid artery stenosis has raised questions about optimal management of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis. Beckman discusses the optimal management when counseling patients with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis.