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Since its initial publication in 2012, Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine has become established as a leading resource for the specialty of hospital medicine. More than 200 renowned generalists and specialists contributed to make this book comprehensive and authoritative, but as practical as possible. Clinical chapters presented questions that commonly arise in the course of practice and emphasized core concepts with well-illustrated subject matter, radiology, clinical images and quick-view decision trees. The scope of content defined most of the field of hospital medicine as it existed in 2012, and the format of the text itself was enhanced both with an online edition available through the widely used, and an app version for use on iPad.

Since the publication of the first edition, the field of hospital medicine has continued to evolve into areas beyond evidence-based general medical care into the practice of co-management of surgical and medical subspecialties, rehabilitation medicine, and palliative care. Driven by quality improvement efforts, as well as reimbursement models such as bundled payments, the last few years have seen an increased emphasis on coordination of care between acute care hospitals and other settings, including skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation facilities, and long-term acute care facilities. The rapid growth of the field has been accompanied by an emerging cadre of outstanding clinicians and leaders, both at the local, national, and international level, and this book is the product of their collective efforts.

The second edition of Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine provides tools to address the unique set of challenges hospitalists face in a healthcare system that ought to be safer and more effective. It comprehensively covers topics not included in any other print or online textbook. For example, this edition has new sections and chapters on the value and values of hospital medicine; practical, specialty information relating to what consulting hospitalists need to know as they co-manage patients from other services; key information in rehabilitation and skilled nursing care pertinent to patient safety and quality; expanded content on the approach to the patient at the bedside and clinical conditions in the inpatient setting. Using the basic format of the first edition, all content has been updated to incorporate new medical knowledge relevant to the practice of hospital medicine.

The second edition has six major parts, covering issues of importance to hospitalists everywhere:

Part I: The Specialty of Hospital Medicine and Systems of Care. The authors of this section represent some of the most knowledgeable and forward-thinking people in the areas of value based medicine, critical decision making at the point of care, transitions of care, patient safety and quality improvement, practice management, ethics and professional development. This part emphasizes the multidisciplinary approach, teamwork, prevention of hospital-acquired complications, and patient-centered communication to ensure safe and efficient care transitions and handoffs.

Part II: Medical Consultation. This part explains the traditional role of the medical consultant and updates preoperative cardiac and pulmonary risk assessment and risk reduction. Chapters that reflect the evolving role of hospitalists in co-management of surgical patients include general principles of surgery and anesthesia, perioperative pain management, and management of common complications in noncardiac surgery. The surgical specialties section concentrates on what the consulting hospitalist needs to know when consulting on patients undergoing bariatric surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, transplant surgery and urologic procedures. All chapters focus on problems commonly encountered in the hospital setting, such as assessment and management of the diabetic patient, risk assessment and risk reduction for patients with end-stage liver disease, and preoperative assessment of patients with hematologic disorders.

Part III: Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care. This new part, written primarily by experts in rehabilitation medicine, provides key information that hospitalists need to consider as they work to ensure safe transitions from the inpatient setting to extended care facilities. Individual chapters address rehabilitation options, physical and occupation therapy, common issues such as bowel and bladder incontinence, dysphagia, pressure ulcers, care of surgical wounds and pressure ulcers. The chapter on patient safety and quality improvement emphasizes core concepts embraced by hospitalists–the multidisciplinary approach, prevention of complications, and patient-centered communication in the transition of patients to and from the post-acute setting. The chapter on hospice focuses on common issues that clinicians need to address as they shift toward palliative care and consider the best setting for their patients.

Part IV: Approach to the Patient at the Bedside. These chapters provide detailed guidance for the initial inpatient evaluation, diagnostic testing, and management of patients with common presenting complaints that may be encountered at the time of admission or in the middle of the night. Each disorder is addressed from the perspective of hospital care, which in many cases differs significantly from initial outpatient care for the same complaint. Even experienced clinicians will find value in reviewing an initial, sometimes algorithmic, approach to common problems such as anemia, falls, delirium, dizziness and vertigo, insomnia, numbness, and weakness (how to localize the problem). Many of the chapters refer to subsequent chapters in Part VI, which covers the diagnosis and management of specific diagnoses.

Part V: Diagnostic Testing and Procedures. Efficiency of care, reduced cost, especially length of stay, coupled with high quality begins with clinical problem solving at the time of admission. This part explains how to interpret common admission tests, such as liver biochemical tests or arterial blood gas reports, and how to avoid wasteful, unnecessary medical tests and treatments. The radiology section reviews indications of radiology studies typically ordered in the hospital setting, a general approach to interpretation, patient safety issues in imaging and procedures performed by interventional radiologists. A comprehensive textbook in hospital medicine would not be complete without a section on procedures. The procedures' section provides some standardization of procedure performance, highlights indications, initial assessment, prevention of complications, and interpretation of results with links to video online resources that provide additional instruction, not possible in a text format. This section includes the core set of procedures most likely to be performed or supervised by hospitalists and acknowledges local and regional variations in the role of hospitalists performing or supervising these procedures.

Part VI: Clinical Conditions in the Inpatient Setting. Updated clinical content across the breadth of hospital medicine includes major disciplines in internal medicine such as cardiology, gastroenterology, and infectious diseases as well as sections with special relevance to hospital medicine, such as geriatrics, palliative care, psychiatry, toxicology, and addiction. In response to the evolving role of hospitalists on oncology inpatient services, the section covering hematology and oncology has been substantially expanded.

Electronic chapters (available on cover hospital medicine aspects of global health and hospital medicine, the core competencies of hospital medicine, the economics of health care, principles of medical ethics, and bioterrorism.

In summary, the second edition of Principles and Practice of Hospital Medicine takes into account how the field and practice of hospital medicine has evolved and the skills required of hospitalists so that they can provide exceptional patient care and clinical care leadership. We thank the American College of Physicians for its collaborative publishing arrangement with McGraw-Hill that included input into the editors, contributors, and overall scope for this new edition. Through its engagement in this book, the college advances it mission to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care.

Sylvia C. McKean, MD, FACP, SFHM

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